JUMPER 3D Blu-ray review
I didn’t care too much for Jumper on the big screen and did not care much for Jumper 3D on Blu-ray. Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) directs this sci-fi action film based on the best-selling novel by Steven Gould and script from David S. Goyer and Simon Kinberg. It stars Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell, Samuel L. Jackson, Rachel Bilson, AnnaSophiaRobb, Max Thieriot, Diane Lane, and Michael Rooker. This is one of the most lack-luster releases on Blu-ray that I have seen in a while. Anchor Bay may have been beaten out by Jumper on this release.
The story follows David Rice who after accidentally falling into the ice realizes he has an uncanny power to jump wherever his mind will take him. As a Jumper he can teleport instantly to any place on Earth. After living a life thinking he is the only one of his type, he soon meets others with the power. David is soon thrust into the midst of an ancient war while being hunted by a bloodthirsty band of zealots sworn to destroy all Jumpers. Now, David’s extraordinary gift may be his only hope for survival.
The story and the cast are two of my main issues with the film. Max Thieriot and AnnaSophia Robb play younger versions of characters played by Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson. The story only jumps a short bit ahead in time, from high school to the characters been college aged. I feel as though Christensen and Bilson could have been made to look younger for the short scenes. Thieriot and Robb are only featured in the film for no more than 20 minutes making them unnecessary. Samuel L Jackson is miscast as the villain. He may be good at playing a bad guy that has some good in him, but I don’t like him as a vicious bad guy. Despite some solid character development during the first act, I felt it hard to care whether the characters lived or died.
The video quality is surprisingly poor despite the 1080p transfer. I don’t think that there was a lot of time put in on this transfer. The aspect ratio was changed from the 2D version of 2.35:1 and the 3D version of 1.78:1. This change in aspect ratio will make the picture wider on flat screen TV’s. I found the picture quality to be better during non-action scenes when the characters weren’t “Jumping”. This kind of defeats the point of the film. The DTS-HD MA 5.1 sound mix was too dull at times and roaring at others. Many of the scenes with large amounts of dialogue were difficult to hear and seemed like the characters voices were muffled.
If you are hoping to buy Jumper 3D on Blu-ray because you want extensive commentary tracks and behind-the-scenes featurettes than you will quite upset. The disc features zero extra features making it only worthy of a rental and not a purchase. I don’t care for 3D movies as it is, and have continually had bad luck with post-conversion films.