Flashy adolescent fantasy about a bullied nerd who spontaneously acquires the supercool superpower of teleportation: the face of Big Ben one minute, surfing in Fiji the next, the head of the Sphinx the next. Hardly has this power been established, and hardly has the awkward teen morphed into Hayden Christensen, before he’s on the run from a murderous party-pooper known as a Paladin (the white-haired Samuel L. Jackson), though that doesn’t deflect the Jumper from a detour to woo his childhood crush (Rachel Bilson). Development is stunted; questions and confusion far outrun thrills and suspense. With Jamie Bell, Michael Rooker, and Diane Lane; directed by Doug Liman. (2008) — Duncan Shepherd
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