While sick and bored this weekend, I wanted to watch a mindless movie. I opted for Jumper, a poorly-reviewed, big budget starring the wooden Hayden Christiansen, the foxy Rachel Bilson and the inflexible Samuel L. Jackson. It’s one promise was that Doug Liman directed, but that failed to redeem it.
In the film, Christiansen plays David Rice, who discovers as a young man that he can teleport. The rules of this power are a little fuzzy, but he seems to be able to ‘jump’ to any place he can picture in his mind’s eye. Another ‘jumper’ in the film is able to transport “about two tons” of stuff, both organic and inorganic with him. David, of course, starts robbing banks.
Lying in bed with a slight fever, I wondered what legal jobs a teleporter might be good at. Here’s what I came up with:
- Personal bodyguard – He can instantly teleport his client of out harm’s way.
- Courier – When you really need it there by 10:01am. This also applies to human transport.
- Mercenary or spy – Obviously there are lots of possibilities for stealthy incursion and sabotage.
That’s all I could think of. Do you have any ideas?