Despite an intriguing premise, Jumper is surprisingly inert. The film presents no moral lessons beyond the mistaken idea that teleportation equates to omnipresence and omnipotence. Its romance is perfunctory, and Christensen and Bilson do little more than stare longingly at each other. Jackson and Bell are the only standout screen presences, with Jackson's trademark glare and Bell's quips keeping the film from completely bottoming out at several points. Too bad, then, that both Jackson's and Bell's characters are as underdeveloped as the lead performers.

Jumper could have been the start of an entertaining franchise had it registered a pulse and shown some promise in terms of its story. Unable to clear even lowest of plot thresholds, however, it deserves to make a quick trip through theaters and materialize on video shelves imminently.

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CAUTIONS:

  • Language/Profanity:  Lord's name taken in vain; some profanity; a character extends his middle finger.
  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Drinking by numerous characters in several scenes.
  • Sex/Nudity:  David leaves a bar with a girl he meets there and is shown shirtless beside a bed after they've had sex; David and Millie kiss and take off each other's shirts and pants before jumping into bed in their underwear; man slaps a woman's bottom.
  • Violence:  David teleports himself directly into a tree; jumpers are hunted, beaten, subdued and stabbed to death; bar brawl; David threatens to drop a man off Mt. Everest; a flame-thrower is aimed and shot at various people.
  • Crime:  David uses his powers to rob banks.
  • Religion:   who believes him to exhibit powers reserved for God. These hunters are said to be "religious nut jobs."