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10 Great Film Ideas Utterly Wasted On Terrible Actors

10. Jumper - Hayden Christensen

jumper If you ask me, teleportation's just about the best superpower you could have. Yeah, maybe it's not the flashiest or the best for helping mankind (if you're into that kind of thing), but can you imagine never having to take the subway or go through airport security ever again? That's why the concept of Jumper is so interesting to me. I love the idea of this ability that hasn't really been explored in film too much, and the potential ramifications of its use. But here's where the film falls off the rails: they cast Hayden Christensen in the lead role. He's capable of turning in decent performances under only the very best of circumstances, and unfortunately his work in this film is poor to mediocre. Jumble the casting around and put Jamie Bell in the lead role, and you've got a significantly better picture... one that could have started a franchise.
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Audrey Fox is an ex-film student, which means that she prefers to spend her days in the dark, watching movies and pondering the director's use of diegetic sound. She currently works as an entertainment writer, joyfully rambling about all things film and television related. Add her on Twitter at @audonamission and check out her film blog at 1001moviesandbeyond.com.