Jinn (film)

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For the 2013 horror film directed by Tobe Hooper, see Djinn (film).
Jinn
Jinn.jpg
Directed by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad
Produced by Benjamin Dresser
Written by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad
Starring Ray Park
Serinda Swan
Dominic Rains
William Atherton
Faran Tahir
Music by Noah Sorota
Cinematography Robert Mehnert
Edited by Justin Hynous
Production
company
Exxodus Pictures
Distributed by Freestyle Releasing
Release dates
  • April 4, 2014 (2014-04-04)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Urdu
Arabic

Jinn is a 2014 American action-horror-thriller film written and directed by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, starring Ray Park, Serinda Swan, Dominic Rains, William Atherton and Faran Tahir. The film is now on DVD.

Plot[edit]

The film has been said[citation needed] to "introduce the accurate mythological concept of the jinn to Western audiences".

In the Beginning, Three were Created...

Man made of Clay.

Angels made of Light.

And a Third...made of Fire.

From the beginning, stories of angels and men have captured our imaginations and have been etched into our history crossing all boundaries of culture, religion, and time. These two races have dominated the landscape of modern mythology for countless centuries, almost washing away the evidence that a third ever existed. This third race, born of smokeless fire, was called the jinn. Similar to humans in many ways, the jinn lived invisibly among us and only under dire or unusual circumstances were our paths ever meant to cross.

As humans became the dominant force on Earth, contact between man and jinn steadily decreased.

Modern man has all but forgotten the jinn.[1]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

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.[2] Designed by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, the Firebreather is based on the fifth generation Chevrolet Camaro made to resemble the second generation Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.[3]

Filming[edit]

Shooting began in March 2010, and wrapped in May. Some of the shooting for the film occurred at the University of Michigan Law Quad.[4] The film was released on April 4, 2014.[5]

Reception[edit]

Jinn was widely panned by critics, with a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 10% based on ten reviews.[6] The film also has a Metacritic score of 24 out of 100, based on five reviews.[7]

Joe Leydon of Variety commented on his review that "This ponderously paced, needlessly convoluted and altogether unexceptional thriller will be fortunate to reach beyond a thin sliver of undiscriminating genre fans with its bogus mythos about ancient evil spirits bent on world domination."[8] Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter wrote on his review that "despite the exoticism of its mythology, Jinn proves itself a typically formulaic B-movie exercise that will have little resonance for those unfamiliar with its inspiration."[9] Peter Keough of The Boston Globe wrote: "With its awful acting, terrible dialogue, and laughable special effects, Jinn strains for the hapless genius of Ed Wood, but ends up just another bad movie."[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ray Park Trades in Dual Lightsaber to Take On a Jinn". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  2. ^ "Ray Park to Breathe Fire in Jinn; Meet Him This Friday in Michigan". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Firebreather Camaro made for the movie jinn". Chrisescars.com. 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  4. ^ "Movie "Jinn" shoots on U-M campus". Annarbor.com. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Jinn (2014)". imdb.com. 
  6. ^ "Jinn". Rotten Tomatoes/Flixster. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  7. ^ "Jinn Reviews". Metacritic/CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  8. ^ Leydon, Joe (2014-04-07). "Jinn Review". Variety. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  9. ^ Scheck, Frank (2014-04-04). "Jinn: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  10. ^ Keough, Peter (2014-04-07). "Jinn better as though-unintended horror parody". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 

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