Monday, April 19, 2021

Steven Gould - Jumper (1992), Reflex (2004), Griffin's Story (2007), Jumper (movie, 2008)


Jumper
 (the 2008 movie) could have been the start of a great franchise, even if it had little to do with the books.

Young guy discovers he can jump, the goes kind of undercover, until the 'Paladins' (an anti-Jumper organisation dating back to the middle ages) catch up with him. Bad things happen.

But... how about the books? (And their relation to the movie?)


Steven Gould - Jumper (1992)

No 'Paladins' in the original book. It's a nice read, though it feels somewhat old fashioned. Kid develops teleportation powers. Gets into conflict with the government. Bad things happen.

Verdict? Quite readable.


Steven Gould - Reflex (2004)

The sequel to Jumper. Frankly a somewhat flat affair, that did nothing for me. I cannot even remember the details, except that I did not like it.

Verdict? I'd skip this one.


Steven Gould - Griffin's Story  (2007)

This book was one hell of a disappointment. It doesn't align with any of the previous books, nor with the movie, and on top of that simply isn't 'jumping out' (bad pun) from the crowd.

Verdict? Skip it.


Jumper (movie, 2008)

The movie actually made me read the books.

Young guy discovers he can jump, the goes kind of undercover, until the 'Paladins' (an anti-Jumper organisation dating back to the middle ages) catch up with him. Bad things happen.

Verdict? Brainless entertainment, but watchable.

I think there's a lot more that can / could be done with the Jumper (movie) universe, but most likely it will never happen. Maybe it could be turned into a decent TV series?





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