Jinn – USA, 2014 – overview

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Jinn is an American action horror feature film written and directed by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad. The movie stars Ray Park, Serinda Swan, Faran Tahir,William Atherton, Milica Govich, Walter Phelan, Dominic Rains, Ele Bardha.

Plot:

Shawn, an automotive designer, enjoys an idyllic life with his new wife Jasmine until it is interrupted 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…

Reviews:

“A crude mix of horror, “Harry Potter,” and religious idealism, the effort is a mess with a central conceit that makes little sense, forcing writer/director Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad to put all his concentration on visual effects, hoping some razzle-dazzle will keep audiences from noticing the often nonsensical plot and utter lack of tension.” Blu-ray.com

“This is a terrible little supernatural thriller, one of the more clumsily-executed movies I’ve seen at a mainstream multiplex in some time. It’s bad enough that one really doesn’t need to get into how timid it is in order to be properly disappointed in it, but that timidity is part of what makes it so frustrating.” eFilmCritic.com

“It’s like an entire season’s worth of Supernatural gibberish packed into 90 minutes, without any of that show’s humor, interesting characters, or breaks in the ongoing story to take down a monster or have a little fun […] That the lead character possesses no charisma at all is another crippling flaw.” Horror Movie a Day

“While I think Jinn was reaching a little too far beyond its means at certain points, it still managed to produce some pretty impressive fight sequences, using some badass looking special effects similar to what can be seen in another film about evil entities, Odd Thomas. Although rather short, the battles between Gabriel, played by Ray Park, and the jinn and Shawn and the jinn were all pretty neat to watch.” Repulsive Reviews

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Release:

Jinn was released in US theatres on April 4, 2014.

Trivia:

A car known as the Firebreather was created for the film. The car was unveiled to the public at the Autorama in Detroit on February 26, 2010. The car was designed by the film’s director Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad. It is a modified fifth generation Chevrolet Camaro.

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