Djinn (2013) Movie Review

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2013 | Horror, Thriller
82 minutes /

User Score: 57/100

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Djinn Review


An Emirati couple return home from a trip and discover that their new apartment has been built on a site that is home to some malevolent beings.

Djinn (2013) is a United Arab Emirates supernatural thriller horror movie that is 82 minutes and was filmed in Ras Al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. Director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Poltergeist (1982), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)) failed upon executing this movie to be an average watch. I gave him credit for telling us about a half-human, half-shape shifting demon known as Djinn in his short opening monolog. His directorial skills did not shine in this brittle, dull/flat film as the execution was weak and misguided. I did not mind that some of the dialogue were in Arabic because I am accustomed to reading subtitles once in awhile while viewing foreign films.

Djinn revolves around a young Emirati couple who moves into a high-rise apartment in Ras al-Khaimah and shortly after discovers that their neighbors may be something else other than human. Salama (Razane Jammal - A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014), Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad (2015), Cruel Summer (2012)) and her husband Khalid lost their baby and had to bury their baby. Salama could not cope with losing their child and cannot stop blaming herself for their baby not being alive. Khalid (Khalid Laith - World War Z (2013), The Devil’s Double (2011), RED 2 (2013)) suggested to his wife that they leave the United States and move back to UAE to be with family. Salama did not like the suggestion but decided to make the move. Things did not get better in UAE as she soon began experiencing unexplained phenomena and hearing disembodied wailing at night.

I gave this movie a four because it was entertaining to see the twist and it had a few jump scares that got me really good. The CGI was terrible as well as the makeup and cinematography. The actors did an okay job with their roles, but it was far from the best. The special effects and music were awful. The action scenes were okay but nothing to get excited over. If you feel the need to watch this movie, then you should watch Rosemary’s Baby instead because there will be no subtitles for you to read.

About Djinn 2013

Title: Djinn
Year: 2013
Runtime: 82 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.85/5 stars from 21 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 21
Starring: Malik McCall, Khalid Laith, Raza Hamid, Abeer Mohammed, Kalthum El Naas, Rajeev Daswani, Militzia Radmilovic, Abdullah Al Junaibi, Natachsa Gothi, Mohamed Yasser, Abdullah Al Braiki, Kristina Coker, Ghassan Al Katheri, May Calamawy, Paul Luebke, Ghaleb El Saadi, Aiysha Hart, Nadine Tah Tah, Roula Atiyat, Razane Jammal, Valentina Lacle, Ahd, Marwan Al Kaabi, Soumaya Akaaboune, Rafak Atiyat, Carol Abboud, Lemar Rustum, Saoud Al Kaabi, Massek Abdullah, May El Calamawy
Writers: David Tully
Director: Tobe Hooper