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6 Great Movies like Jumper: The Downside of Super Powers

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Jane Howarth itcherChronicle (2012), Unbreakable (2000) and The Amazing Spider-Man (2014) are great movies like Jumper (1992), which prove that superpowers don’t equal perfect judgement. Great power, great responsibility etc etc. ~ Jane Howarth

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Although based on the novel, Jumper (Steven Gould, 1992), the movie veers away from the book’s plot. In the 1992 version, David fights terrorists and dodges the NSA – yeah, I can see how international set pieces and a mysterious agency could make for a more enjoyable (and less controversial) movie.

So, what are some great movies like JumperI Am Number Four (D. J. Caruso, 2011) and Push (Paul McGuigan, 2009) are popular alternatives, as is Limitless (Neil Burger, 2011).

Paola’s already given you tons of mind-expanding movies to choose from, but there are still so many films about superpowers (and their downsides) to explore.

There Are Always Consequences

Like Jumper’s David, these movies are about people learning the limits of their superpowers.

Think they can do anything they want?

Not quite. There are always consequences.

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`Chronicle´ (Josh Trank, 2012)

Three prank-loving Seattle teens find themselves with telekinetic powers and promptly resolve to use them responsibly.

Just kidding.

They put them to terrible use, videoing their object-moving shenanigans until one of the guys takes things to a dangerous level.

If you’re looking for good films like Jumper with a darker side, this is the one.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 80%
Video camera-style footage captures these guys’ cavalier attitude to superpowers – it’s a great match.

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`Unbreakable´ (M. Night Shyamalan, 2000)

The only survivor of a train crash is found by a man whose life is extremely frail. He starts to believe the man’s theory that this lucky chance was a result of superhero-like invincibility.

It’s possibly the M. Night Shyamalan movie that intrigued me the most, and it could be the first to get a sequel.

It treads the line between real world rules and comic book territory, but you’re never quite sure which side it’s on.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 60%
Life-saving superpowers transform a man’s life, but they also throw him into life or death situations.

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`The Girl Who Leapt Through Time´ (Mamoru Hosoda, 2006)

A schoolgirl suddenly finds herself in possession of time travelling powers. But as she uses her newfound abilities, she learns that one change to the past can have unpredictable consequences.

Mamoru Hosada’s film is very watchable, and comes complete with a top anime pedigree. But it also deals directly with those all-important consequences.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 40%
This anime carries on the ‘powers and responsibilities’ theme within a school setting and a sweeter tone.

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If You Like Jumper You Will Like…

If you’re a fan of superhero movies like me, you’ve probably seen them. But if they’re not your thing, give these movies a try just for fun.

There’s barely a cape in sight in these all-out superhero movies, and the characters face tricky choices everyday – their powers cause a lot of inconvenience in their normal lives, so is it OK if they use them for personal gain every once in a while?

`The Amazing Spider-Man´ (Marc Webb, 2012)

As you probably know, a lab spider bites unsuspecting teen, Peter Parker.

In this film, however, he’s also chasing Gwen Stacy… whose father is the chief of police.

I’d say Spider-Man should have learnt the consequences thing by now. It seems like every time he uses his spidery abilities for anything but business, he causes more trouble. And come to think of it, even his well-meaning attempts put him on the wrong side.

Poor guy!

SIMILARITY MATCH: 80%
Hiding powers from their would-be girlfriends, caught between the authorities and the bad guys – Spider-Man and David have plenty in common.

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`X-Men´ (Bryan Singer, 2000)

Marie, soon to become Rogue, is a teenage girl who drains the life from anyone she touches.

Inconvenient, no?

Through a chance meeting with another mutant, Logan, she finds herself at Charles Xavier’s school, where the students and faculty are all people just like them.

Oh, and then they get tangled up in a plot to erase humanity. But what I love is the way the mutants are caught between using their abilities and wishing for a normal life.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 80%
Super powers throw otherwise normal people into a battle between humans and mutants.

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`X-Men: Days of Future Past´ (Bryan Singer, 2014)

Did I convince you with that last suggestion? Well, here’s more X-Men, but there’s a very good reason. Days of Future Past gives us an off-the-rails Professor X, time travel galore, and Quicksilver.

Licensing issues meant that while Marvel was lining up an outing for popular comic book characters Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, Fox were doing likewise.

The result? A really weird situation, with two incarnations of the duo running simultaneously across the Avengers and X-Men movie franchises. But back to the movie at hand – X-Men’s Quicksilver is pretty darn cool, and he has fun with his powers.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 60%
Characters like Quicksilver should charm anyone who loves an imperfect superhero, and the movie delivers on dramatic locations too.

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Are There Any Movies like Jumper?

Combining super powers and locations like the Colosseum, there’s nothing quite like Jumper, but I think these movies fuse the usual superhero issues with regular people in a way that comes close.

Did you know that Jonny has covered Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer, 1998) and more stand-out time travel movies? Why not see what else is on his list – I think you’ll find some good recommendations.

Anything to Add?

These are just a few of the movies Jumper fans will enjoy, but if I was lining up a double bill, they’re the ones I’d pick.

What would you choose?

Pop down to the comments and let us know!

**For a video playlist of the recommendations, please click here.

Hi, I’m Jane, BA (Drama, Film and TV) and MA (Cultural and Creative Industries). When I’m not writing about creative things, I’m designing or planning them. If you’re brave enough to risk an avalanche, look behind the stacks of books and DVDs and you’ll find me balancing a cup of tea, a handful of knitting and a cupcake.
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