Doug Liman’s Jumper Trailer Starring Hayden Christensen

Doug Liman’s career has taken some interesting turns over the years. The guy who started off doing hip indie comedies like Swingers and Go, went on to in some sense redefine modern action movies with The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. I hadn’t heard much about his next project, Jumper, except that it starred Hayden “I’m Darth Vader” Christensen. Well the first trailer has finally hit the web and it was well worth the wait. Aside from the fact that they just won over every male aged 18 to 25 within the first few seconds by showing a quick clip of Family Guy, I was pretty impressed by the intensity and the special effects in the trailer. This is Liman’s first attempt at a movie with a science-fiction element to it: Christensen and other people like him have the ability to teleport or “jump” through time and space, not unlike Nightcrawler from the X-Men. We’ll have to see whether or not the story is actually decent, but as an initial premise and FX showcase, the trailer looks great. Jumper co-stars The O.C.’s Rachel Bilson and Samuel L. Jackson, and it hits theatres on February 15th, 2008.

  • After watching this trailer I still have no idea what the movie is about. Seems like a concept without a story.

  • I’ve been semi-interested in this since I first heard about it, but after seeing this trailer I’m pretty excited. It looks like a fun, exciting non-comic book movie about super powers. The idea of rogue people with superhuman abilities being tracked down by the government or otherwise powerful organizations is nothing new, but Sam Jackson’s character looks seems pretty cool from what we see of him in the trailer, and I love the idea of that whip-like weapon we see that anchors the “jumpers” and keeps them from teleporting. It’s about damn time we a got fresh, original new sci-fi film, isn’t it? The only thing I’m afraid of now is that it could have a substantial cheese-factor and/or poor special effects (though those we see in the trailer look promising).

    As far as the Family Guy clip goes, that was probably my least favorite thing about the trailer.

  • Ian

    They should change the name to “bampf!”

  • Rob Meyer

    It certainly seems like it takes some inspiration from the novel:

    Which is highly recommended, but last time I tried to order it from Amazon it was out of print, but now it’s back in print. From the reviews there, certainly sounds like this goes in a different direction – but it does sound like there are similarities.

  • Rob Meyer

    Interesting…it is related, and there’s a new reworking of the idea that the author did that follows the movie: