Rewatched May 20, 2012
Much more fun than I remember it being, Jumper is still not a very good film simply because it destroys a fantastic concept by over complicating a simple plot. Everything involving Diane Laine is just the worst, and the idea of turning this film into a franchise lords over every aspect of this film. The result is an unsatisfying film that could have been a fantastic stand alone movie.
The best part of the film is the realization of the teleporting characters. Every single action scene has a solid sense of location, even though characters are constantly jumping in and out of different locales. The editing is seamless, and I would say that the editing prowess alone is enough of a reason to give Jumper a watch.
Unfortunately though, the script just isn't good enough to make an interesting film. Tying stuff back to Hayden Christensen's character's childhood does not work. Rachel Bilson's character isn't at all interesting, and her relationship with Christensen's character is entirely forced. Eliminate this relationship element of the film, and I guarantee that Jumper would have been better for it.
Jumper contains all the technical elements of a classic blockbuster. The film is big and bombastic, and visually there are many classic moments. The story though is too bloated with unnecessary characters. Cut out everything to do with the childhood and the cult, and this movie would have been much better. Just add a female jumper as the love interest, and keep Jaime Bell as a sort of antagonist, and you got a recipe for success.