NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 11: Actors Samuel L. Jackson and Hayden Christensen (R) attend the premiere of “Jumper” at the Ziegfeld Theater February 11, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox)
4. Jumper (2008)
Jumper is simply fascinating. It’s a sci-fi adventure that follows David (Hayden Christensen) who has acquired the ability to “jump.” He’s able to jump from place to place and betters his life – first by leaving his abusive father and then stealing money to get funds.
He’s confronted by a religious group of fanatics led by Roland Cox who is played by … wait for it … Samuel L. Jackson. Anakin and Mace Windu are reunited and they are at odds once again.
The movie, once again, received mixed reviews, but was also a move that many sci-fi fans enjoyed. It also did well in the box office, bringing in $222 million.
This was a starring role for Christensen. He starred in a handful of movies throughout this career, and this was one of the biggest – but not the biggest. There was always the potential for sequels, but it never went down that path. Although with the influx of reboots and decades later sequels, now could definitely be a time to do it.
Christensen is good at playing a person filled with angst and abandonment, an issue he also faced in Jumper when his mom left when he was just 5.
Jumper was another fun film for Christensen and if you enjoy sci-fi, it’s definitely worth the watch.