Edge of Tomorrow (2014) – Movie Trailer

Edge of Tomorrow is an science-fiction action film based on a Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. A soldier fighting in a war with aliens finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle, though he becomes better skilled along the way. Directed by Doug Liman and starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Edge of Tomorrow opens on June 6, 2014.

Jumper (2008) – Movie Review

Jumper is a film based on the 1992 science fiction novel Jumper by Steven Gould. Directed by Doug Liman, Jumper stars Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson and Anna Sophia Robb and is released on February 14, 2008.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson in one of the scenes in Jumper
Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson in one of the scenes in Jumper

The film starts with David Rice (Hayden Christensen) narrating the story of his life and his ability to “jump” or teleport to anywhere in the world. Then it shows young David Rice (Max Thieriot) is outside his high school and gives young Millie Harris (AnnaSophia Robb) a snowman globe as a present. Then young Mark Kobold interrupts and throws the snowman globe far into the frozen lake. When David tries to retrive it, he ends up falling into the water as the ice breaks. All of a sudden, he is teleported to a public library all wet. From then on, he discovers the ability to “jump”, or teleport. David Rice leaves his druken, abusive dad and has a place of his own decorated with tonnes of photographs of the places he has been to.

From then on, David keeps “jumping” without knowing the danger that comes with it. Griffin (Jamie Bell) is another jumper who has been observing David all along — a pub in London, back in Michigan, and in Rome. Griffin, unlike David, lives in a secret location in a desert knowing that there are “Paladins” who catch and kill “Jumpers”. Roland Cox (Samuel L. Jackson) is the leader of the Paladin organization has been pursuing David since he robbed the bank eight years ago. When David finally reveals his power to Millie Harris (Rachel Bilson), he doesn’t realize the consequences it brings. When his ability has finally prospered to a height where he’s even able to overcome Paladin’s capture and save Millie, the movie leaves us with a clueless ending – is Griffin still alive? Roland may be jumped into a desert, but did he find his way out or did he die from famine?

While the movie is incredibly well-scripted, Hayden Christensen is required to perform his own stunts and he injured his hand, split open his ear, and developed a hyperdilated pupil that required hospital care.

My ratings: 7 out of 10. Overall, the movie is well-played, has some really cool action scenes and has some very interesting concepts related to the ability to “jump”.