Composed by: John Powell
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the movie Jumper, a young man uses his new found powers of teleportation to create a new life for himself. Unfortunately, his status as a Jumper brings him smack dab in the middle of a war between those who can teleport like himself and those who believe that anyone with such abilities is an abomination and should be eradicated from the Earth. Jumper, based on the novel by Steven Gould, stars Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Bell. The musical score for the movie is created by British composer John Powell.
Originally trained as a violinist, John Powell later ventured into jazz and rock and roll and began playing in a soul band. After college, Powell began composing music for commercials. This soon led to a job as an assistant to composer Patrick Doyle. In 1995, Powell began a London-based commercial music house called Independently Thinking Music which produced scores for French and British commercials and independent films. Two years later, he moved to the United States where his career in movie score composition flourished. John Powell has composed musical scores for such movies as Shrek, Happy Feet, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Bourne Ultimatum and more.
The Jumper Soundtrack held great promise for me. Having seen the promos for this movie, I had already made up my mind to see the film. Noting the type of action film Jumper promised to be, I expected an impressive soundtrack to go along with the equally impressive action sequences in the film. When I first listened to the soundtrack, I was less than impressed. The first track, My Day So Far, was interesting. It had a bluesy, cool flavor, employing the piano and percussion to create an enjoyable sound. The tracks entitled Coliseum Fight and Jumper vs Jumper created excitement and let the listener know that something important, quite possibly climactic, was going on in the scenes these tracks were composed for. However, other than these tracks, the Jumper Soundtrack was bland at best. In fact, it seemed that the score had been created as something that would work better with a spy thriller such as The Bourne Identity rather than a sci-fi action flick like Jumper.
Now that Iíve seen the movie and replayed the soundtrack, I have to wonder why Lakeshore Records decided to only release the musical score for the film. Had they included the songs by The Fray, The Tragically Hip and The Charlatans that had been featured in the movie, perhaps the Jumper Soundtrack would be a tad bit more exiting and thus, by comparison, more enjoyable. Instead, the Jumper Soundtrack falls short of the mark in my book, not exactly worth the $15.00US price tag.