History Film / Jumper

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* DidntSeeThatComing: Said verbatim by Griffin after [[spoiler:Millie is kidnapped]].
5th Feb '18 3:25:18 PM zealots
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* IronicName: Roland's name means "famous throughout the land", yet Roland himself is a very anonymous agent (well, as anonymous as you can get when you're Samuel L. Jackson with white hair) who hunts Jumpers from the shadows.

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* IronicName: Roland's name means "famous throughout the land", yet Roland himself is a very anonymous agent (well, as anonymous as you can get when you're Samuel L. Jackson Creator/SamuelLJackson with white hair) who hunts Jumpers from the shadows.



* ThreateningShark: Griffin explains that he knows of a reef with an active school of sharks where he leaves the agents that attack him.

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* ThreateningShark: Griffin explains that he knows of a reef with an active school of sharks where he leaves the dumps Paladin agents that attack him.



* WorthyOpponent: Roland seems to see David as this by the film's climax, knowing how far he's come from robbing banks.
* WouldHurtAChild: The movie and its supplementary material annoyingly waffles on whether or not the Paladins are this. On the one hand, they attacked Griffin and killed his family when he was only 5 years old, and Griffin notes that few Jumpers live into adulthood because of the Paladins. But in the press release it specifically notes that Jumpers become targets of the Paladins when they "make it to adulthood". [[spoiler:David's mother abandoning him as a child because her only other choice was to kill him seems to indicate that the idea of Paladins waiting for Jumpers to get to adulthood was one that was phased out, making him this trope in the final product]].

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* WorthyOpponent: Roland seems to see David as this by the film's climax, knowing noting how far he's come from robbing banks.
* WouldHurtAChild: The movie and its supplementary material annoyingly waffles waffle on whether or not the Paladins are this. On the one hand, they attacked Griffin and killed his family when he was only 5 years old, and Griffin notes that few Jumpers live into adulthood because of the Paladins. But in the press release it specifically notes that Jumpers become targets of the Paladins when they "make it to adulthood". [[spoiler:David's mother abandoning him as a child because her only other choice was to kill him seems to indicate that the idea of Paladins waiting for Jumpers to get to adulthood was one that was phased out, making him this trope in the final product]].
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* AbnormalAmmo: Griffin is a master of using Jumping to hurl large and dangerous objects at his enemies, as Roland finds out the hard way courtesy of a double-decker bus.
* AdaptationalJerkass: Done deliberately by Doug Liman due to wanting a protagonist who learns and grows, but it must be said that the David Rice of the movie is rather more amoral and self-centered than the David "Davey" Rice of the books. The best example of this is a scene shortly after we are introduced to adult David, when he is lounging in his apartments and flips the channels to find a news report of a flood. Seeing the location, David could easily jump there and save people, but he just shrugs and changes the channel. By contrast, the Davey of the books is so moral that he kidnaps a terrorist, but instead of killing him he dumps him in a hole and gives him food and water until he learns the error of his ways.



* ArchEnemies: Griffin and Roland. The latter killed the former's family when he was just 5, and the former now spends most of his time plotting the violent murder of the latter.



* BadassTeacher: Griffin starts off as a reluctant one of these before becoming the...
* BrokenPedestal: Griffin becomes one of these to David after he decides to blow up Millie's apartment because the Paladins are all inside -- despite Millie still being inside too.



* ChurchMilitant: The Paladins, though they by far play up the "militant" over the "church".



* CowardlyLion: David at first. He wants ''no part'' of fighting the Paladins, and shamelessly abandons (or tries to abandon) Griffin to fight them on his own. But once Millie gets dragged into things he finds his spine and seeks out Griffin in hopes of teaming up against them.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Griffin is a damaged and possibly even sociopathic young man who is obsessed with killing Paladins, yet the Paladins have no one to blame but themselves for their deadliest enemy.



* DieOrFly: David first jumps to escape drowning.
* EvilMentor / SociopathicHero: Griffin. A cold and remorseless killer whose parents were murdered by the Paladins, giving him a motive to go to war with them. The only prospects he cares about anymore is saving his own skin and killing Paladins, and will personally slay anyone he feels will get in the way of either. Despite helping David understand his powers, David spends much of the third part of the film preventing him from blowing up the apartment the Paladins are located in to save his love interest.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Roland is introduced telling a Jumper at his mercy that only God should have this power, then shanking the man in the gut[[note]]instead of, say, a relatively painless and quick bullet to the head[[/note]], establishing his religious extremism and viciousness.

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* DesignatedLoveInterest: Millie Harris, to the point of it arguably being her only reason for being in the movie.
* {{Determinator}}: Griffin has been hunted by Paladins since he was 5 years old, but he's still going strong.
* DieOrFly: David David's first jumps to escape drowning.
* EvilMentor / SociopathicHero: Griffin. A cold
jump is out of pure instinct after he falls into a frozen lake and remorseless killer whose parents were murdered by the Paladins, giving him a motive to go to war with them. The only prospects he cares about anymore is saving his own skin and killing Paladins, and will personally slay anyone he feels will get in the way of either. Despite helping David understand his powers, David spends much of the third part of the film preventing him from blowing up the apartment the Paladins are located in to save his love interest.
nearly drowns.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: EstablishingCharacterMoment:
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Roland is introduced telling a Jumper at his mercy that only God should have this power, then shanking the man in the gut[[note]]instead of, say, a relatively painless and quick bullet to the head[[/note]], establishing his religious extremism and viciousness.viciousness.
** As mentioned above, one of the first things we see adult David do after jumping all around the world is shrug at a news report of a flood he could very easily do something about, establishing his moral apathy and lack of concern for others.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler:In a deleted scene, Roland is introduced by tucking in his young son to bed, telling him about the Paladins in a very sanitized way and encouraging him to "follow in his footsteps" when he gets older]].
* EvilGloating: Roland indulges in this during his first meeting with David, believing that the young Jumper has had help in staying under the radar and wanting to interrogate him rather than kill him outright.
* FantasticRacism: Paladins feel that all Jumpers are inherently evil and must be destroyed, evoking the standard "normal vs super" take on this trope.



* HolierThanThou: Roland Cox.
* IfIWantedYouDead: Davy jumps Roland to a small cave in the middle of nowhere. Just before jumping out, he points out that he could easily have left him to be eaten by sharks, trying to make the point that Jumpers aren't inherently evil.
* ImNotAHeroIm: Griffin spits this at Davy as he walks off to what Griffin believes to be certain death; in his experience, Jumpers don't have the power to save anyone, as while the Paladins are ready, willing and able to kill entire families as collateral damage in killing Jumpers, all Jumpers can do is Jump away. The best Griffin's ever accomplished is escaping with his life after killing his enemies, and he's been ForcedToWatch everyone he's ever cared for die at the hands of the Paladins.

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters:
** Griffin. A cold and remorseless killer whose parents were murdered by the Paladins, giving him a motive to go to war with them. The only prospects he cares about anymore is saving his own skin and killing Paladins, and will personally slay anyone he feels will get in the way of either. Despite helping David understand his powers, David spends much of the third part of the film preventing him from blowing up the apartment the Paladins are located in to save his love interest.
** Roland was also going to be revealed as this in early script drafts, as his hatred for Jumpers was going to be revealed to be caused by a Jumper who [[PiggybackingOnHitler helped Hitler in World War II]]. That premise went unused, perhaps because it is such a DeadHorseTrope, though Roland is still implied to be one of these in the final product.
* TheHedonist: The adult David viewers first see is a shallow and self-satisfied young man who cares about little other than his own pleasure. The rest of the film largely consists of him (slowly) growing out of this.
* HolierThanThou: Roland Cox.
considers himself morally superior to any Jumper, despite committing acts much worse than even the worst Jumper we see.
* IfIWantedYouDead: Davy At the end Daid jumps Roland to a small cave in the middle of nowhere. Just before jumping out, he points out that he could easily have left him Roland to be eaten by sharks, sharks (as Griffin brags of doing to Paladin agents), trying to make the point that Jumpers aren't inherently evil.
* ImNotAHeroIm: Griffin spits this at Davy David as he walks off to what Griffin believes to be certain death; in his experience, Jumpers don't have the power to save anyone, as while the Paladins are ready, willing and able to kill entire families as collateral damage in killing Jumpers, all Jumpers can do is Jump away. The best Griffin's ever accomplished is escaping with his life after killing his enemies, and he's been ForcedToWatch everyone he's ever cared for die at the hands of the Paladins.



* InsideJob: Referenced but {{averted}}. Davy cleans out a bank vault with his teleportation power. Later, somebody theorizes in his hearing that the robbery must've been an inside job since there wasn't any sign of forced entry.

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* InsideJob: Referenced but {{averted}}. Davy David cleans out a bank vault with his teleportation power. Later, somebody theorizes in his hearing that the robbery must've been an inside job since there wasn't any sign of forced entry.entry.
* IronicName: Roland's name means "famous throughout the land", yet Roland himself is a very anonymous agent (well, as anonymous as you can get when you're Samuel L. Jackson with white hair) who hunts Jumpers from the shadows.
* JadeColoredGlasses: Having been on the run for most of his life, Griffin is rather less enamored with his jumping ability than David, rolling his eyes at the latter's hedonist use of his power -- though this notably does not stop him from stealing a Mercedes after he agrees to the "team-up" with David.



* KnightTemplar: Roland Cox, and indeed all the Paladins.
* MissingMom: Davy's mom [[spoiler:is one of the leaders of the AncientConspiracy trying to kill Jumpers, and had to leave her family behind]].
* MundaneUtility: Davy uses Jumping to travel the world and make moving faster. Taken to an extreme where he would rather Jump to his television remote on the other side of the couch rather than physically move to it. When Davy tries to exit his apartment without teleporting, his muscle memory is so bad that he can't turn the doorknob. Roland comments that he seems to use it so much it's probably been a while since he actually ''used'' a door.

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* KnifeNut: Roland carries a ritual dagger that he kills Jumpers with.
* KnightTemplar: Roland Cox, and indeed all the Paladins.
Paladins, are ''literally'' this, as Griffin reveals when he tells David that their organization goes back to medieval times.
* LackOfEmpathy: Roland's sneering promise to send Griffin "home to mommy" reveals he is just as bad as any of the [[HeWhoFightsMonsters monsters he may or may not have fought]].
* MeaningfulRename: A meta example -- David Rice in the books is usually referred to by the nickname "Davy", while the less moral and more self-centered movie David is never called by any sort of diminutive, not even by his love interest Millie.
* MegatonPunch: Jumpers can do this by teleporting in front of themselves multiple times as they charge an opponent. Griffin uses it to great effect during his fight with Roland.
* MissingMom: Davy's David's mom [[spoiler:is one of the leaders of the AncientConspiracy trying to kill Jumpers, and had to leave her family behind]].
* MundaneUtility: Davy David uses Jumping to travel the world and make moving faster. Taken to an extreme where he would rather Jump to his television remote literally a few inches away from him on the other side of the couch rather than physically move to it. When Davy David tries to exit his apartment without teleporting, his muscle memory is so bad that he can't turn the doorknob. Roland comments that he seems to use it Jumps so much it's probably been a while since he actually ''used'' a door.door.
* NebulousEvilOrganization: The Paladins are a nebulous bunch of ChurchMilitant types about whom little is known other than they hunt down and kill Jumpers at any cost.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Had the Paladins not been intent on hunting all of David's friends and family down, he probably would have just run away from them forever. But threatening his lover Millie and then nearly killing his father gives him a will to fight them in earnest.



* PragmaticAdaptation: The book spans about one year of David's [[SliceOfLife life as a teleporter]], during which he [[spoiler: [[HowDoIShotWeb learns the specifics of his power]], meets his LoveInterest, and reconnects with his MissingMom. Then, [[DeusAngstMachina in the space of a week]], he runs afoul of a [[CorruptHick wife-beating cop]], is exposed first as a criminal then [[BrokenMasquerade as a teleporter]], and is finally knocked off his feet by a case of pneumonia, thus making him LateToTheTragedy when his [[YouKilledMyFather mother is killed by terrorists]]. David has only begun to [[TheyFightCrime hunt them down]] and reconcile with his girlfriend when TheGovernment steps in and things go FromBadToWorse.]] At this point, David has his SuperHeroOrigin and can begin to kick ass - ''after three fourths of the book''. The movie manages to adapt just about all of this (swapping terrorists for {{Church Militant}}s) with room for several [[FightScene Fight Scenes]], and even set up a few [[SequelHook sequel hooks]].
* RandomlyGifted: Jumpers are born randomly, which is why the Paladins can't just track down bloodlines and have to instead look for unusual reports -- though they usually kill all of a Jumper's family as well, both to draw the Jumper out and just to be sure. The protagonist's mother is revealed in the end to be a Paladin, who was horrified to find out that her own son was a teleporter, so she left him at the age of 5, knowing that he'll be killed otherwise. Slightly different in the novels, where the ability can be obtained by simply being teleported enough times.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Jumping not only teleports the person, but all the matter around them, otherwise {{Telefrag}}ging would be a big problem. David's first few teleportations result in damage to his surroundings because he hasn't streamlined the process, resulting in blasts of compressed air cracking the floor every time he Jumps into a building. This is exploited by Griffin in one instance; by closing on Roland with a series of rapid teleportations, he compresses so much air around him that the end result is Roland getting hit with enough force to punch him through a wall.

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* PragmaticAdaptation: The book spans about one year of David's [[SliceOfLife life as a teleporter]], during which he [[spoiler: [[HowDoIShotWeb learns the specifics of his power]], meets his LoveInterest, and reconnects with his MissingMom. Then, [[DeusAngstMachina in the space of a week]], he runs afoul of a [[CorruptHick wife-beating cop]], is exposed first as a criminal then [[BrokenMasquerade as a teleporter]], and is finally knocked off his feet by a case of pneumonia, thus making him LateToTheTragedy when his [[YouKilledMyFather mother is killed by terrorists]]. David Davy has only begun to [[TheyFightCrime hunt them down]] and reconcile with his girlfriend when TheGovernment steps in and things go FromBadToWorse.]] At this point, David Davy has his SuperHeroOrigin and can begin to kick ass - ''after three fourths of the book''. The movie manages to adapt just about all of this (swapping terrorists for {{Church Militant}}s) with room for several [[FightScene Fight Scenes]], and even set up a few [[SequelHook sequel hooks]].
* ProperlyParanoid: Griffin lives in the middle of a desert, is always looking over his shoulder, and thinks people out to get him are everywhere. The Paladins prove he is ''entirely correct'' on all counts.
* PsychoElectro: The Paladins predominantly fight with electroshock-based weapons, as they are one of the few ways to slow a Jumper down.
* RandomlyGifted: Jumpers are born randomly, which is why the Paladins can't just track down bloodlines and have to instead look for unusual reports -- though they usually kill all of a Jumper's family as well, both to draw the Jumper out and just to be sure. The protagonist's [[spoiler:David's mother is revealed in the end to be a Paladin, who was horrified to find out that her own son was a teleporter, so she left him at the age of 5, knowing that he'll be killed otherwise.otherwise]]. Slightly different in the novels, where the ability can be obtained by simply being teleported enough times.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Jumping not only teleports the person, but all the matter around them, otherwise {{Telefrag}}ging would be a big problem. David's first few teleportations result in damage to his surroundings because he hasn't streamlined the process, resulting in blasts of compressed air cracking the floor every time he Jumps into a building. This is exploited by Griffin in one instance; by closing on Roland with a series of rapid teleportations, he compresses so much air around him that the end result is [[MegatonPunch Roland getting hit with enough force to punch him through a wall.wall]].
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: If you're a Jumper, Roland ''will'' find you, even if he has to crisscross the world to do it.



* TheUnapologetic: Roland has no regrets for any of the ordinary humans he kills for being between him and a Jumper, and even goes so far as to use Griffin's dead mother (who he himself murdered) to taunt him with.



* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Roland

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* WeaksauceWeakness: Being zapped with electricity scrambles a Jumper's ability to teleport.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: RolandRoland has (very conspicuously dyed) white hair and is an utterly remorseless murderer.


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* WorthyOpponent: Roland seems to see David as this by the film's climax, knowing how far he's come from robbing banks.
* WouldHurtAChild: The movie and its supplementary material annoyingly waffles on whether or not the Paladins are this. On the one hand, they attacked Griffin and killed his family when he was only 5 years old, and Griffin notes that few Jumpers live into adulthood because of the Paladins. But in the press release it specifically notes that Jumpers become targets of the Paladins when they "make it to adulthood". [[spoiler:David's mother abandoning him as a child because her only other choice was to kill him seems to indicate that the idea of Paladins waiting for Jumpers to get to adulthood was one that was phased out, making him this trope in the final product]].
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* ArtisticLicenseGeography
** Every time the movie shows Griffin's hideout -- a ruin in Arabia -- it is the darkest night. But during the jumping battle, they somehow end up at the top of the Great Pyramid in broad daylight, mere moments after they left the hideout.
** Everyone in Ann Arbor, Michigan somehow gets [=NY1=] on their TV sets, despite Ann Arbor being far from New York City.
** At some point they jump from Rome to the Great Pyramid, which are in neighbouring time zones - but one is bright noon and one darkest night.

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* ArtisticLicenseGeography
** Every time the movie shows Griffin's hideout -- a ruin in Arabia -- it is the darkest night. But during the jumping battle, they somehow end up at the top of the Great Pyramid in broad daylight, mere moments after they left the hideout.
** Everyone
ArtisticLicenseGeography: The CoincidentalBroadcast in Ann Arbor, Michigan somehow gets shows [=NY1=] on their TV sets, despite Ann Arbor being far from New York City.
** At
City. However, the film's blatant disregard for time zones is justified by BellisariosMaxim; Doug Liman shot the film on-location in various exotic settings, and all the scenes for a particular location were shot at the same time, regardless of plot progression. This results in some point they jump from Rome to the glaring inconsistencies in time of day, as Davy and Griffin will Jump between them instantly.
** London, Tokyo and Griffin's hideout(an AncientTomb in an undefined ThirstyDesert); darkest night.
** The
Great Pyramid, which are in neighbouring time zones - but one is bright noon and one darkest night.the Sphinx, New York, Ann Arbor; broad daylight.
** Rome; early morning. An ''extremely'' justified case here, as the director was able to get limited permission to shoot ''inside the Parthenon.''
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* VillainHasAPoint: Despite the Paladins having religious motivations for hunting Jumpers, they are very correct in believing that Jumpers can be highly dangerous. For example, David, the protagonist, uses his powers to steal whatever he wants and also uses his powers for petty reasons such as teleporting a former bully into a sealed bank vault. It's not until Millie's life is threatened that David is motivated to do anything heroic. Griffin only corroborates their point.

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* VillainHasAPoint: Despite the Paladins having religious motivations for hunting Jumpers, they are very correct in believing that Jumpers can be highly dangerous. For example, David, the protagonist, uses his powers to steal whatever he wants and also uses his powers for petty reasons such as teleporting a former bully into a sealed bank vault. It's not until Millie's life is threatened that David is motivated to do anything heroic. Griffin only corroborates their point.is a ZigZagging case; he learned to Jump as a teenager, but was relatively harmless until the Paladins killed his parents - after which he dedicates his life to killing Paladins with no consideration for collateral damage, NotSoDifferent from the Paladins' efforts to exterminate Jumpers.
18th Dec '16 7:34:14 PM Discar
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: David's presumably a virgin at the beginning since he's a social outcast, but once he grows up into Hayden Christensen, he teleports to England and lays a British chick, implied to be a regular thing for him.
3rd Sep '16 9:31:03 AM Saveelich
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''Jumper'' is a 2008 film about people who can teleport around the world, and the fanatical group who hunts them. Directed by Creator/DougLiman. Stars Hayden Christensen and Creator/SamuelLJackson.

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''Jumper'' is a 2008 film about people who can teleport around the world, and the fanatical group who hunts them. Directed by Creator/DougLiman. Stars Hayden Christensen Creator/HaydenChristensen and Creator/SamuelLJackson.
25th Aug '16 4:51:24 AM JamesAustin
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'''''Jumper''''' is a 2008 film about people who can teleport around the world, and the fanatical group who hunts them. Directed by Doug Liman. Stars Hayden Christensen and Samuel L. Jackson.

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''Jumper''
is a 2008 film about people who can teleport around the world, and the fanatical group who hunts them. Directed by Doug Liman. Creator/DougLiman. Stars Hayden Christensen and Samuel L. Jackson.
Creator/SamuelLJackson.
2nd Jul '16 3:23:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheObiWan: Griffin. He's the only one who knows what's going on, and he's the only one actually effective in any scene but one.
18th Jun '16 2:13:07 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Jumpers can easily move themselves and another person, but greater masses are more difficult. Griffin is able to jump cars and a double decker bus at one point, but only when they're moving and it's implied he's using their momentum to take some of the strain off. Griffin relates a tale of a Jumper who tried to teleport an entire building; he managed to shake it a little before the strain killed him. [[spoiler:In the climax, David manages to jump a sizable portion of Millie's apartment twice without killing himself, but it takes a lot out of him.]]
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