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Jumper is a 2008 (11 years ago) American science fiction movie from 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises. It is loosely based on the 1992 (27 years ago) science fiction novel of the same name by Steven Gould. The movie is directed by Doug Liman, director of The Bourne Identity (5 walls) and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and stars Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson (21 walls), Max Thieriot, AnnaSophia Robb, and Diane Lane. The movie follows a person capable of teleporting to any location as he is chased by a secret group intent on killing him.

The script went through a rewrite prior to filming and the roles for the main characters were changed during production. Jumper was filmed in 20 cities in 14 countries between 2006 (13 years ago) and 2007 (12 years ago). The movie was released on Feb. 14, 2008 (11 years ago) and a soundtrack was released on Feb. 19. The movie held the first position in its opening weekend with $27.3 million, despite mostly negative reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes recorded a 16% approval rating and 35/100 on Metacritic. Several novels were developed as tie-ins to the movie along with a video game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, and Wii consoles, named Jumper: Griffin's Story. The DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) was released on Jun. 10, 2008 (11 years ago), and both Christensen and Liman have spoken of one or more sequels.



David Rice, a 15-year-old student in Ann Arbor, Michigan, lives with his alcoholic father, William, since his mother, Mary, left when he was five. After falling into a frozen river while recovering a snow globe for Millie, a girl he likes, David discovers he has the ability to "jump", after teleporting to a library. He leaves his father and with the ability to teleport anywhere he has seen before, he moves to New York where he uses his power to rob a bank.

Eight years later, David lives a luxurious life from his penthouse apartment, its walls covered with pictures (wallpaper) of places around the world which he "jumps" to. However, a lead from his first bank robbery exposes David to Roland Cox, a "Paladin", a member of a secret society dedicated to killing Jumpers, who know of his ability and have the technology to disable him. However, as Roland believes someone is protecting David, he hesitates before killing him, and David escapes.

David returns to Ann Arbor to find Millie. But his high school nemesis Mark recognizes him and he and David get into a fight. David teleports Mark to the bank vault in New York City, and returns. He invites Millie to join him on a trip to Rome, which she accepts. Millie is suspicious of all this money that David appears to have and asks him not to lie to her. That evening the two fall in love and have sex. The next day David uses his abilities to gain them access to the closed Colosseum (5 walls), but runs into another Jumper, Griffin, who has been watching David for some time. Griffin explains that his flagrant jumping has attracted attention, and two Paladins appear. The ensuing battle displays both Griffin's jumping talent and the hunters' ability to sense jumps; Griffin kills them both. David is caught by the police and arrested. Mary shortly arrives and helps David get free, but does not give David any time to ask questions. David finds Millie, who is highly suspicious of David's behavior, but he does not reveal his jumping ability, and puts her aboard a plane back home while David visits Griffin for further investigation. At Griffin's desert lair, Griffin explains about the Paladins, and tells him how he has been on a mission to kill them after they killed his parents. Griffin then tells David to leave him alone. Griffin then makes a series of jumps with David following him until Griffin decides to work with him.

David, realizing that the Paladins will go after his father and Millie in order to get to him, jumps back to Ann Arbor to find his father mortally wounded. Roland connected the appearance of Mark in the bank vault to David. David jumps to Millie's apartment to find that Roland and his team are just arriving. Before Roland can react, David grabs Millie and returns the two of them to Griffin's lair.

Griffin, who has been arming himself to fight Roland, is furious with David, because the Paladins have a device that permits them to reopen and traverse the short-lived "jump scar" wake left by a Jumper's teleportation—David has just led Roland right to Griffin's lair. A battle ensues between the Jumpers and Paladins, but Griffin is able to drive the Paladins back to Millie's apartment with a flame thrower, though they grab Millie through the scar before it closes. Griffin plans to teleport a bomb to the apartment, but David tries to stop him to save Millie; the two begin a world-spanning fight, but David eventually traps Griffin in a downed pylon in the middle of a firefight in Chechnya, leaving Griffin's fate unknown.

David jumps to Millie's apartment and is caught by the Paladins. Risking his life, David manages to teleport a section of the apartment to a nearby river, including Millie and Roland, but falls unconscious in the process. However, they are then teleported to the library where David made his first jump. David recovers first, grabs Roland and teleports him to a cave high above the Grand Canyon at Horseshoe Bend. Sometime later, David and Millie travel to Mary's home, and David learns that he has a sister and confirms that Mary is a Paladin. She left to avoid having to kill her own son when David was five when he made his first jump. David and Millie then jump to an unknown location.


  • Hayden Christensen as David Rice, a young man who discovers the ability to "Jump" or teleport, then turns rebellious. David serves as the protagonist in the film.
  • Max Thieriot as teenage David Rice
  • Rachel Bilson (21 walls) as Millie Harris, David's childhood friend and crush who later becomes his girlfriend
  • AnnaSophia Robb as teenage Millie Harris
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Roland Cox, the leader of the Paladins whose goal is to kill Jumpers. Roland serves as the film's antagonist.
  • Jamie Bell as Griffin, a renegade Jumper who tracks down and eliminates Paladins
  • Michael Rooker as William Rice, David's father
  • Diane Lane as Mary Rice, David's mother who separated from her son when he was five years old
  • Teddy Dunn as Mark Kobold, David's childhood bully
  • Kristen Stewart (43 walls) as Sophie, David's younger half-sister.


Script and storyboards

In Nov. 2005 (14 years ago), New Regency Productions hired director Doug Liman to helm the movie adaptation of the science fiction novel Jumper by Steven Gould. Screenwriter Jim Uhls was hired to rewrite an adapted screenplay by David S. Goyer. However, Liman desired another rewrite and Simon Kinberg assisted in completing the script. Liman said about using the novel for developing the script: "This is 100% Steven Gould's story, it's just reinvented as a movie." In an interview with Steven Gould, he revealed that he approved of the deviations from the novel. Before filming was to begin, the studio announced plans to develop a trilogy based on the novel's premise.

While other movies tend to use only one storyboard artist, Jumper required six, who each worked on an individual action sequence. The artists were given specific instruction on the rules of the teleportation used in the film, to ensure accuracy in the storyboarding. One of them, Rob McCallum, reflected on the instructions: "I was just thinking, 'How would a guy that can teleport fight?' So you were really pushing yourself to try to think of inventive, cool, spectacular ways that you could use this jumping talent that these characters have."


In Apr. 2006 (13 years ago), actors Tom Sturridge, Teresa Palmer, and Jamie Bell were cast for Jumper with Sturridge in the lead role (who won the role over Heath Ledger (5 walls), Devon Sawa, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Jared Padalecki). The following July, actor Samuel L. Jackson was cast in Jumper as an NSA agent, with producer Simon Kinberg rewriting the original screenplay draft by Goyer. Principal photography was scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Rome, Toronto, and New York. Production was stopped in Jun. 2006 (13 years ago) after producer Tom Rothman told Liman "The lead is 18. Wouldn't the movie be better if he was 25? You have a huge movie here and adults won't go and see an 18-year-old. They'll consider it a children's movie. You could make a bigger movie than that." Liman agreed on casting older actors for furthering the romantic aspect of the film. In August, actor Hayden Christensen replaced Sturridge in the lead role as David just two weeks before the beginning of shooting, as the studio "became concerned about not having a more prominent actor in their trio of young stars." Rapper Eminem (16 walls) was also considered for the role. After Christensen was recast for the lead role, Liman replaced Palmer with Rachel Bilson.


In sep. 2006 (13 years ago), Jumper was filmed at various locations in Peterborough, Ontario and principal photography began in Toronto in October. In dec. 2006 (13 years ago), Liman negotiated with the Rome movie Commission for rare access to movie for three days in the Colosseum (5 walls). The scene in the Colosseum (5 walls) was originally written for the Pantheon, at which exterior shots were also filmed. The crew was required to keep equipment off the ground by using harnesses and had to rely on natural light for filming. Filming took place for 45 minutes in the morning and in the evening so as not to disturb the public touring the amphitheater throughout the day. In order to maximize the short period for filming, four steadicams were set up to ensure time was not wasted in reloading the camera. A visual effects supervisor explained how visual effects were needed for various aspects after filming: "There were three kinds of shots: there were shots where they were able to get most of what they needed in the Coliseum itself; and then there were shots on a set that needed extensions beyond the limits of the set; and then there were shots where we needed to create the Coliseum basically from scratch."

After filming in Rome, scenes were filmed in Toronto during dec. 2006 (13 years ago) to Jan. 2007 (12 years ago) and wrapped at the Canadian location on Jan. 19. On Jan. 26 in Toronto, 56-year-old David Ritchie, a set dresser, was fatally struck by frozen debris while dismantling an outdoor set in wintry conditions. Another worker was injured and was sent to a hospital with serious head and shoulder injuries. After Toronto, the cast and crew traveled to Tokyo to movie scenes. One scene required over 30 shoots as the scene could only be filmed in between traffic light changes. As a result of director Liman insisting Christensen perform his own stunts, the actor injured his hand, split open his ear, and developed a hyperdilated pupil that required hospital care while filming various scenes.

In Feb. 2007 (12 years ago), the next filming site was set up at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sixty students from the nearby Huron High School were cast as extras for the film. Since additional filming was required of the area, twenty other students were used for a day of filming in September. Altogether, filming took place in 20 cities in 14 countries.

Visual effects

The New Zealand visual effects studio Weta Digital was initially selected to assist in creating a preview clip for the 2007 (12 years ago) Comic-Con Convention. The studio's 100 employees later developed the visual effects for 300 of the 600 shots in the film. In total, there are more than 100 jumps in the film, and each jump was modified based on the distance and location the character(s) jumped. The jumps were developed using Nuke and Shake. Many of the shots, including those of Big Ben and the Sphinx were created using the program Maya. Weta's VFX supervisor Erik Winquist explained how the visual effects of the jumps were created: "The concept of what a jump looks like changed and evolved a little over the course of post production. There are shots in the movie that use still array footage but not in the same way that we saw in The Matrix. The Matrix was largely about stopping time whereas this was about using slow shutter speeds on those still array cameras to end up with a streaky motion-blurred image (wallpaper) as the perspective was changing, which is a pretty interesting look." Other visual effects studios that assisted with the movie include Hydraulx, Digital Domain, and Pixel Magic.


The movie received widespread criticism and poor reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 16% of critics gave the movie positive reviews, based on 156 reviews — the consensus was "An erratic action pic with little coherence and lackluster special effects." Metacritic reported the movie had an average score of 35 out of 100, based on 36 reviews. Austin Chronicle's Marc Salov called the movie "...pretty slick, entertaining stuff, well-crafted by Liman, edited into a tight, action-packed bundle of nerviness." Edward Douglas of wrote that the movie was "An impressive feat as a vehicle for Doug Liman to pull out the stops with some of the most jaw-dropping stunts shot in some of the most amazing locations on earth." Jules Brenner of Cinema Signals gave the movie a negative review, stating " mid way, you wish the Jumper were you. Teleporting yourself to the outer lobby would be far enough." Dustin Putman of also presented a negative review of the film, "With no one to root for, no adequate story development, and action scenes that are the epitome of underwhelming, Jumper is a lost cause."


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