Hollywood Meets MIT

13-Feb-08 12:55 PM by
Filed under Films; 2 comments.

Tomorrow sees the release of Jumper, a movie about a young man (Hayden Christensen) who can instantly teleport to anywhere on the planet. He soon discovers this power puts him in the middle of two warring factions: people like him, known as Jumpers; and the Paladin organization, represented by Samuel L. Jackson, who believes Jumpers are a threat and must be destroyed.

Jackson must not have researched his quantum physics, as otherwise he'd know that teleportation inherently involves the act of destruction. It was one of many lessons recently learned at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when Christensen and Jumper director Doug Liman joined two MIT professors on a panel examining the science of teleportation. The presenters attempted to bridge not only fantasy and reality, but also the smart and the savvy. Though Christensen seemed out-of-place on such a cerebral panel, his presence drew a crowd to an evening of high-level science made fun and easy to understand.

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2 Responses to “Hollywood Meets MIT”

  1. Ken Gagne adds:

    As of yesterday, there's a great, lengthy, and candid interview with Jumper director Doug Liman over at ComingSoon.net!

  2. Ken Gagne adds:

    This film comes out on DVD tomorrow (10-Jun-08).