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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 07.09.18] Russia drama crime

What would you do if you could feel no pain? Generally, movies about people with special powers turn into superhero extravaganzas but writer/director Ivan I. Tverdovskiy's Jumpman appears to be much more realistic.

Tverdovskiy's third feature stars Denis Vlasenko as Denis, a teen boy who was left in a baby box to be raised by the state. Now 16, he's broken out of a children's home by his mother who takes him into the city and tries to make up for her neglect by letting Denis do whatever he wants.

When the pair needs money, Denis takes advantage of the corrupt system by using his inability to feel pain to jump in front of cars, defrauding the insurance system and the drivers who pay him off to keep quiet.

The major drama here revolves around the fact that though Denis can't feel the pain, his body still processes the injuries in the same way as everyone else and the accidents are starting to take a toll. That's a great pull but admittedly, I'm just as curious about his power. Was he born with it or was he somehow taught to process it differently? The trailer suggests the latter but either way, I'm intrigued.

Jumpman recently had its world premiere at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

Recommended Release: Hancock

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geoduck (3 years ago) Reply

Shoot. If you're gonna make a movie called Jumpman, it should be an adaptation of the vintage video game of the same name!

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