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The Teleportation of Jumper, According to MIT

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If Jumper’s 15% “Fresh” rating at Rotten Tomatoes is anything to go by, you may want to teleport almost anywhere besides theaters this weekend, which according to Doug Liman should be no problem, if a bit bumpy.

The director recently sat down with Popular Mechanics to explain the, well, mechanics of teleportation: “If you opened a temporary wormhole between two places, before it closed up, that would be something extraordinarily violent and dangerous,” the director said. “One of the rules of science is that everything that we do in this world, there’s a price to be paid–nothing comes for free. And one of the prices to be paid is that, if you jump, you leave this wormhole behind. That wormhole is dangerous for people who might stumble across it before it evaporates.”

But that’s not quite right, says an MIT expert the magazine consulted: “I think Liman had in mind that there was supposed to be some kind of wormhole through space-time, and that’s how it was supposed to work,” Physics professor Dr. Max Tegmark explained. “The ones we know of in physics don’t just appear out of nowhere, and they’re very unstable. If you try to fly through them, the whole thing collapses into a black hole.”

Looks like Liman had as good of a grip on teleportation as he did on the movie’s plot and character development. That black hole may well explain the sucking sensation you’ll feel as you sit in your seat at a Jumper matinee.

Jumper Movie Teleportation [Popular Mechanics]

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