Jumper (Movie) Trailer. Thoughts?

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  1. JSpence macrumors regular

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    I have read the novel 'Jumper', by Steven Gould multiple times since high school. It's one of my favorite books of all time, and I'd like to think I'm pretty well read. When I heard they were making a movie for it, I was excited, but after reading the synopsis for the movie and seeing the newly released trailer for it, I have to admit I am a little dissapointed :(

    For anyone who has read the book, it's a great story about a kid who is in his late teens who finds he has the ability to teleport. I really liked the story because the central character Davy was an overall good person (minus the bank withdrawl). But either way, he is never trying to harm anyone, and if he is ever upset it's with good cause. A person in life who you can think was dealt a rough hand of cards to play with, but with an Ace up his sleeve.
    After seeing the trailer I hate how now his charachter is a punky looking thrill seeker, who uses his "ability" for his selfish interestst. They took the book and "Hollywood-ized" it:mad: It's so dissapointing. They almost always do this to books that go onto the big screen (Timeline, Michael Chrichton anyone?) Not to say I'm not at all excited, just a little let down.

    Has anyone else read this novel? Thoughts?

    The tralier can be found here: http://media.movies.ign.com/media/033/033924/vids_1.html
     
  2. lanray macrumors regular

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    looked at the trailer

    Wow. That looks like a great movie. Having never read the book, though, I have no sense of disappointment. I will say that I like the idea of this Jumper guy being basically good, caught up in something. At least as far as the trailer lets you conjecture, he's kind of self-absorbed.

    That said, the effects look to be great. This is a must-see.
     
  3. redAPPLE macrumors 68030

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    if the trailer is any scale, then i think the movie is a normal hollywood movie which would score big on the first weekend and disappear the next.
     
  4. JSpence thread starter macrumors regular

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    Referring to that late 90's television show?
     
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    Yes, sir.
     
  6. JSpence thread starter macrumors regular

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    lol watched that one a few times. it may sound similar but quite different. No parrallel universe travel, but an individual who can teleport to any location that he has been before that he can clearly recall. If you enjoy Sci-Fi, the trailer is worth a peek.
     
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    I'll check it out!
     
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    Is he going to be in the girl's showers the entire time, because if I had his powers, that's where I'd be.
     
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    So does Anakin get to get Mace Windu again or will Mace get his revenge in this flick? ;)
     
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    Took longer to load than to watch. Made me mad.

    the movie had better be good as it looks after that.
     
  12. mfacey macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, why is it that all of these movie offering sites like IGN have such terrible download speeds? 75kb/s? Come on!

    That's what makes Apple's movie trailer site such a pleasure!

    Movie looks pretty good by the way. Looks like the kind of movie that would be worthwhile to check out in the cinema when the time comes!
     
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    I really think authors need to stop selling off their right to interfere with the production of a movie. If I were an author, I would refuse to sign any contract unless there was a provision that would let me veto any decision that would ruin my story. This movie and "The Dark is Rising" are two recent examples that most people who liked the book have been disappointed with, and it really sucks.
     
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    i haven't read the book, but i do hate it when they mess up with movie compared to the book. this happened with Eragon.
     
  15. manbss macrumors newbie

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    Re: Jumper (Movie) Trailer. Thoughts?

    Watched the tralier and its awesome. I too have read "Jumper" many times and my favorite line in the book is when Davy, answering the charge that he can't, by redeeming his mother's death, redeem all who have died, replies, "They weren't MY dead." My dead... there's emotional substance here, and elsewhere in the story. It lectures a little, but not too obviously. Again, it is the device of the love affair that saves it. Love heals, in this book.

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    Peter Sweeyen
    If you haven't checked out book trailers, or if you want to see some really cools ones I've found a few places that are really good. My favorite is on YouTube at www.youtube.com/booktrailers, but I also like the new ones on the BN.com site at www.bn.com and go to the BN Studio, and I love the Borders Media site too.
    VidLits are pretty cool www.vidlits.com.
    http://www.youtube.com/booktrailers
     
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    I saw this movie and it sucked pretty bad. The acting is bad, although I think its the director's fault. Virtually no set up for the "bad guys" and no back story for the feud between the jumpers and --whatever the name of the bad guys are. It was a little too cute that his mother turned out to be one of the bad guys. One star out of 4.
     
  17. Antares macrumors 68000

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    The trailer wasn't very good. However, I'm happy to report that the movie, itself, was actually pretty good! :) It had cool special effects, a fun story and pretty good acting. It's definitely worth seeing....well, renting at this point...I don't think it's in theaters any more. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised how good the movie was.
     
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    I thought it was a pretty bad film, it was just too predictable...
     
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    I saw the movie a while ago when it came to theaters. I wasn't surprised most of the acting was bad, look at who the main character is :)

    Though, you know they're already in the works for a second one. The ending was 100% made to lead to a next film, which I hope is much better because I love Diane Lane :eek:
     
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    It looks like it is one of those movies where you have to see and decide for yourself.
     
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    I never read the book but that sounds really crappy I wonder why they have to do that. As an author, I'd definitely never option my movie rights without a clause that I can stop production if I'm not happy with the script. Why do authors let this happen and then get perpetually burned?
     
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    I finally got around to renting the DVD and watching Jumper. Mrs. Q and I both enjoyed it, more than a lot of the movies that won Oscars this year. I recommend it to my friends and wouldn't mind watching it again.

    As they explain in one of the extras on the DVD, it was their goal to make a movie where the story, not the effects, was the focus. They did a good job making the jumps look natural.
     
  23. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    I just checked it out on RottenTomatoes.

    A 15% approval rating?

    A mere 3% amongst the "Top Critics"?

    Well... at least my experience wouldn't be tainted by overly high expectations.
     
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    Wait is this the same Jumper w/ samuel l jackson and hayden christensen.........that can teleport...?????? (2008):confused:
     
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