Andrew Pulver
Friday February 15, 2008
The Guardian




Details: 2007, USA, cert 12A, 88 mins, Dir: Doug Liman
With: Diane Lane, Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson, Samuel L Jackson
***


An elegantly idiotic sci-fi thriller that initially feels as though it might have derived from Philip K Dick – but lacks the master’s lysergic idiosyncracy. It’s the story of svelte and sulky Hayden Christensen who discovers in himself a disconcerting ability to teleport out of trouble. At first, he uses his power to empty bank vaults, pick up women, and picnic in high-security tourist sites, but then he realises he is being hunted by malevolent killers led by a silver-coiffured Samuel L Jackson.

About half way through, Jamie Bell pops up as a Geordie-accented guardian angel of a fellow jumper, and together they must battle Jackson and his “paladins”, who try to disable their prey with massive jolts of electricity. Director Doug Liman, who made his name with Swingers before inaugurating the Bourne franchise, plays everything with a commendably straight face, creating extravagant action sequences and inserting tortured love scenes for Hayden to glower through. But it all amounts to very little in the long run.

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