Writer, producer, editor and director Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad (Alliance, It’s a Mismatch) did an exceptional job with Jinn (2014) considering it is his third movie to direct. Jinn is a low budget PG-13 film that was filmed in Michigan, USA. Jinn has scare factors that will make you jump a few times and maybe even out of your seat. There is a great deal of violence that may not be suitable for the younger audience. The storyline in Jinn is not consistent and it jumps from one story to next too frequently (many flashbacks). There were too many loopholes.
Jinn is based on an Eastern Muslim legend. The movie started with the narrator saying that God created three things at the beginning of the world and they are Angels out of light, humans out of clay and Jinns out of fire. The Jinn (Walter Phelan - Alien Abduction, Vessel, Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation) who is Gods third creation is made from smokeless fire and is considered to be a demonic creature. After the narrator introduces Gods three creations, there was a fight between a human and the Jinn, where the Jinn lost. The Jinn then threatens the human that he will be back and will destroy the humans entire family for eternity. This is where the story then jumps to the present time where Jasmine (Serinda Swan - The Veil, Sentient, The Baytown Outlaws) is married to an automotive designer, Shawn (Dominic Rains - Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Surrender, Still Here). Shawn is the descendant of the human who fought the Jinn in the early 1900’s and he does not believe in the Jinn until weird things start happening. He then sought help from Father Westhoff, Ali and Gabriel.
Ray Park (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Future Fighters, Avarice) was seen in Jinn for about 15 minutes and I was expecting more of him and more from his part in this movie. He did an awesome job playing Gabriel. There is one scene where Gabriel fights the Jinn.
A new car named the Firebreather was created for this movie and was designed by the director. I must say that the car was one of the best part of this movie, it was just spectacular. I also liked the background scenery of some of the scenes.
The special effects and sound are great and I love them. I also like how the director showed unity among all the Abrahamic religions. The characters played their part immensely well and this would have been a great movie if it were executed well without all the loopholes. I was expecting more from the spiritual aspect of it in this supernatural thriller.
Some spoofs were - the Jinn will use his powers and other times, it appears as though he forgot he has powers because he does not use them. The sacred knives would work at times and then do not work for some odd reason.
I gave this movie a 6 because of the concept, scenery, special effects with a low budget, actors and because of the humor content. I will not see this movie again, well maybe if it is on cable for free. At the end of the movie, the Jinn or someone said -"Jinn Will Return." I am not sure if I want to see part two, will it be better or will it make me quince.
About Jinn 2014
Starring: William Atherton, Faran Tahir, Walter Phelan, Ele Bardha, Serinda Swan, Ray Park, Bill Lumbert, Ho-Sung Pak, Dominic Rains, Mark Musashi, Dennis North, Corlandos Scott, Ron Causey, Milica Govich, Matt Philliben, Ralph A. Recchia, Amber Whelan, Chris LaCentra, Danny Mooney, Jaan Ahmad, Bryan Jones, Paul Mocur, Katelyn Patterson, Benjamin Dresser, Richard Mandell, Solomon Brende, Peter Hasegawa, Sibylla Deen, Rup Magon, Shaun Paul Piccinino
Director: Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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