Jumper
PG-13
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -2

Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Samuel L Jackson, Jamie Bell, Diane Lane. Sci/fi thriller.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Jumper is a science fiction-action-thriller that combines cutting-edge special effects with globetrotting action. In the film, a genetic anomaly allows a young man, David Rice (Christensen), to teleport himself anywhere. He discovers this gift has existed for centuries and finds himself in a war between Jumpers and those who have sworn to kill them.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Geared toward a youthful audience by its pounding score that will no doubt sell a bunch of CDs, the intriguing premise goes the way of spirited action adventure rather than dramatic metaphor. For those looking for intense adventure rather than insightful drama, Jumper should satisfy.

As with most films of this era, a liberal dose of abusive language and premarital sex are incorporated as the norm. So, does a glut of anti-biblical directives mingled with Hollywood make-believe influence the culture? Certainly. Does it influence you? Please read the following content of the film, then discuss these subjects with your teens. Though our society is shaped by the medias teachings and lifestyles, we as Christians are supposed to be guided by a higher power. Hollywood isnt going to change, but if our youth are instructed in Gods Word, they will be able to see past Hollywoods hypnotic lure.

DVD Alternatives: Time Changer. D. David Morin, Gavin MacLeod, Hal Linden, Jennifer O'Neill and Paul Rodriguez. Time travel adventure about a Bible professor from 1890 who comes forward in time to the present via a time machine. An involving adventure that illustrates the disaster of moral relativism and the pit a society falls into when it sheds itself of an ultimate authority, Time Changer is full of Christian teaching, and contains a powerful, spiritual ending.

Or:

The Time Machine. Sorry, Id like to recommend the 2002 remake of the H. G. Wells fantasy classic, because its newer, but its just awful. The Rod Taylor version from 1960 (old, but in color) has award winning (for its time) effects and entertains with a leisurely pacing.

Or:

If you are looking for a sci-fi adventure, with more substance, try: The Day The Earth Stood Still. An alien disguises himself as human until he can warn officials of impending doom if the world doesnt destroy its weapons. Todays audience may have to adjust because the substance is in the story, not the special effects, but it is one of the few science fiction films that acknowledge God. When the alien is asked if he has the power of life and death, he responds, No, that is reserved for the Almighty Spirit.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Summary
Crude Language: Four s-words, one f-word; a couple of minor expletives (damns, hells).
Obscene Language: Three uses of Christs name by the leads as if it was a mere expletive meant for relieving frustration and fear.
Profanity:
Violence: As the story progresses, the violence becomes more excessive and prevalent; several people are beaten, electrocuted and killed. Blood: Not much blood.
Sexual Intercourse: There are two implied sexual situations outside marriage; though these situations are not graphically detailed, the statement is once again made that sex is not reserved for marriage.
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: Some social drinking.
Other: The lead robs a bank in order to secure his lifestyle. He struggles with the morality of the crime, but only briefly. This could have been an important element, but it is avoided, the heros wrongs ignored.
Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Up

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