I knew this wasn’t aiming to be high-brow cinema, but I confess I was a bit scared that I’d agreed to take my dad to see this, after watching Jonathan Ross (usually pretty low-brow tastes!) slating it to hell.
I was pleasantly surprised! I actually really enjoyed this, as did my dad – it’s silly but it’s also very fun, and just such an exciting idea: the ability to teleport anywhere, instantly. Now there’s a superpower I’d rather like!
However, this isn’t a superhero movie – hurrah! I do like those, too, but they can be a bit dull. Here, though, our man-who-can (the somewhat dull, but perfectly acceptable Hayden Christensen – much better here than in Star Wars) is selfishly amoral, and it rather adds to the fun. No holding down a dull job – if you could pop into a bank vault and help yourself, wouldn’t you be tempted?! And I loved the scene where a disaster flood is shown on TV – and no, we aren’t go to go rescue everyone! ::evil grin::
That’s not to say this film is perfect in any way. I found HC just fine, unlike Mr Ross, but I found the female love-interest an annoyingly poor actor. Luckily, Jamie Bell is fab, and Samuel L. Jackson plays… himself, with silver hair. Fair ’nuff! And while the story line is nothing much, most of it is done with enough speed to drive through it – the fight scene between the two jumpers is fab!
Ah, really – it’s been slagged off so much I just feel the need to stick up for movie. Perfect popcorn fare, imo. Bring on those sequels (‘cos goodness knows there’s no real ending to this instalment!)