While I'm about seven years late in doing so, I finally watched the sci-fi action flick Jumper, and I honestly don't understand the hate. I don't care about the 16% that Rotten Tomatoes gave it, I really enjoyed the film. The premise was cool, the action was fun, and the movie was actually interesting.
While I've found many articles and interviews that say that Jumper 2 is in talks, I haven't really been able to find any progress on the sequel that has had seven years to make such progress. You may have your doubts on the sequel seeing as the first is still harshly criticized. However, I believe that a sequel is exactly what Jumper needs.
It Can Give Us More Backstory
The main criticism that the film received is that the characters were never truly developed well. There was certainly potential, and the conflict between the Jumpers and the Paladins had a good start, but they could have delved further into the history of the characters and organizations.
Well, that's what the sequel can do. By the end of Jumper all of the major characters (except for Michael Rooker's paternal role) were still alive. That means that the sequel would be able to explain more about their motivations and backstories.
Could Roland have a darker purpose? What happened to Millie after David left as a child? Who is the father of David's half-sister? What happened in Griffin's past?We could find out all of these things with a sequel.
Jumper Has All Of The Ingredients To Make A Franchise
As I was researching for details on the progression of Jumper 2, I saw that there were talks of making Jumper into a trilogy. Whether you liked the movie or hated it, it did have all of the necessary components for a great series.
So far, the first installment featured a super-powered protagonist, a childhood love-interest, and a ancient organization of antagonistic characters. Jumper has mystery, action, romance, and everything you need to attract a variety of demographics.
Not to mention the film has a cast of familiar faces. Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jaime Bell, Michael Rooker, and even Kristen Stewart had parts in the film. If they can sign those actors and actresses back on (minus Rooker of course), they could really bring a lot of interest to the film.
It Proves Hayden Christensen's Acting Ability
I've said it before, and I'll say it a thousand more times. Hayden Christensen is not a bad actor. People judge him too harshly for his performance as Anakin Skywalker, but it's not fair to judge an actor's ability by one character. As the lead role in Jumper, Hayden proved not only that he could act, but he could act pretty well.
After the Star Wars prequel movie and a brief moment in the sun with Jumper Hayden has taken more of a back-seat with acting. A resurrection of Jumper could be just what he needs to jump-start his career, and viewers can shatter their bleak expectations after his Anakin days.
The same could be said for Kristen Stewart. A lot of people immediately disliked her after the Twilight movies. If she returns for the sequel after her fifteen seconds in the first movie, her and Hayden could both prove themselves to be more than they are always criticized for.