It’s difficult to define exactly what about the film isn’t functioning. Despite his reputation as a difficult filmmaker to deal with, Liman has produced several excellent films in the past. Jumper isn’t one of them, but it’s a fun effort anyway. Liman is perhaps best known for directing Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in The Bourne Identity in 2001 and the underappreciated sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow (AKA Live. Die. Repeat.) in 2014. It’s a strong film (dare I say Liman’s best?) that improves with repeated viewings (pun intended), but it demonstrates Liman’s ability to make good films. Mr. and Mrs. Smith, his romantic action film from 2005, is still entertaining. So, what’s the deal?
Hearing other people’s thoughts may seem intriguing at first, but it quickly becomes frantic and irritating. While it definitely looks great on paper, it seems overbearing in practice (although I do realize that that is also kind of the point of it). The only thing that seems to make it work at the occasions when it does is Holland’s excellent acting. Even still, there’s a lot about Chaos Walking that just… doesn’t work. A story that feels like it should land a lot harder is lacking something. Instead, it has a somewhat mundane vibe to it. I wouldn’t say it was ever boring, but even when the action and excitement are ramped up, it just feels mundane. IMDB