DVD Jinn

DVD Jinn
DVD Jinn

Run time: 97 min
Rating: 6.5
Genres: Thriller
Director: Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad
Writers: Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad
Stars: Serinda Swan, Ray Park, Sibylla Deen
Storyline
Shawn, an automotive designer, enjoys an idyllic life with his new wife Jasmine until it is interrupted by a cryptic message. The message warns of imminent danger and a curse that has afflicted his family for generations. Having lost his parents as a child, Shawn doesn’t believe this unsettling revelation of his past….until strange things start to happen. Unable to explain the threats and fearing for his life, Shawn turns to Gabriel and Father Westhoff, a mysterious duo claiming to have answers. With their help, and the aid of Ali, a shackled mental patient, Shawn discovers that there is far more to this world than he ever imagined. These revelations set Shawn on a collision course with the unknown, and he alone must find the strength protect his family and confront the ancient evil that is hunting them. Written by Exodus Pictures
Details:
Country: USA
Release Date: 14 April 2014 (UK)
Box Office
Opening Weekend: $149,337 (USA) (4 April 2014)
Gross: $149,337 (USA) (4 April 2014)

4 Comments

  1. I just got back from seeing "Jinn". To be honest, I hadn't even heard of it before. I saw it in the theater listings, looked up the movie, and saw it was filmed in Michigan, where I'm from, so I gave it a shot.

    I really enjoyed this movie. The story was engaging and unique, and the acting was solid all around. It was a bit slow to get moving, but the final third of the movie and the ending were amazing. I loved the look and style of the movie. I LOVED the integration of aspects of the different Abrahamic spiritual traditions while still keeping the emphasis on Arabic/Muslim folklore. It's making me want to read up on some of that folklore myself, since I am unfamiliar with it. "Jinn" is only rated PG-13, but it's not a kids movie; it's just smarter and deeper than your average jump-scare torture porn with naked chicks types of "horror" movies.

    As far as negatives go, I think the movie was a little schizophrenic in tone at times. It's not what I would call a pure horror movie, more of a horror plus supernatural action plus an unfortunate touch of "Fast and Furious". The overemphasis on the car was a huge distraction, and the connection between the filmmakers and the car is really strange. I guess they designed it specifically for this film and you can buy one? So you can continue the film experience in your real life? It is a cool looking car, but every time I saw it, it pulled me out of the narrative because I felt like I was watching a car commercial. Thankfully, it was only in a few scenes.

    I definitely enjoyed "Jinn" and would recommend it to anyone looking for a more intellectual horror movie from a non-western perspective. Just try to ignore the car.

    P.S. There is a brief scene at the end of the credits; I don't mean the scene in the church but later at the very end.

  2. for all the bad critics, listen carefully: Jinn is not the average American movie. you're not used to this. i get that. HOWEVER, i'm glad this movie is here. i watched it and enjoyed. by the end of the movie, i could feel that it had been a setup for more than what we were being shown. the "guardian" theme, including its symbol, was my favorite clue to a much, much bigger picture here. another fave: "the prophesied one." true, they didn't delve into it too much, why was there a prophesied one, how did the family get the curse, who was "the girl" in the start…. this kind of a movie needs thinkers. not just watchers. you have to delve deeper, because the picture is painted for you. you're not just plainly told what's going on.

    if you need a movie that just makes you laugh and zone out for a while, watch a comedy.

  3. I got a free ticket to see this, and spent too much. The credits did not appear until the end of the movie, and that made it much clearer what was going on: There were a few names and surnames repeated several times in the credits, none of them well known as filmmakers. The director was listed as a main designer for the car that was featured, at length — not that it was particularly interesting as a car. Or a movie; the whole thing is padded absurdly. There might be a decent half-hour TV show buried in this mess, but the fact that there's almost a half hour of setup before anything really happens is a giveaway of the pace of this thing. And once things start happening, they look like something from the 80's — at best. Nothing happens fast, and almost nothing happens only once; the director liked some of his shots so much we see them several times. Even the scene after the credits is pointless.

    Don't get me wrong — I like outsider films. The original Gone in 60 Seconds, for example, is a classic. This has none of the pacing or wit of that movie, or any other decent one.

  4. Very suspenseful and entertaining, I was startled often. Cool music, good acting, good directing, awesome sound and special effects. I thoroughly enjoyed the film. There was creativity, some humor in places, wonder and stuff to give you chills. I thought I may be scared of walking in the dark after seeing this movie…I'll leave that up to your imagination…there were scenes that made me quiver and shiver and it wasn't because I was sipping on a frozen coke at the theater! However, I believe it would be appropriate for young teens…and has a redeeming message at the end. Great effort, I encourage all to see it and welcome the sequel!

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