Jinn (film)

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Jinn
Jinn.jpg
Directed byAjmal Zaheer Ahmad
Produced byBenjamin Dresser
Written byAjmal Zaheer Ahmad
StarringRay Park
Serinda Swan
Dominic Rains
William Atherton
Faran Tahir
Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad
Music byNoah Sorota
CinematographyRobert Mehnert
Edited byJustin Hynous
Production
company
Exxodus Pictures
Distributed byFreestyle Releasing
Release date
  • April 4, 2014 (2014-04-04)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
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.

Synopsis[edit]

According to Dread Central, the producers claim the film will "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 live invisibly among us and only under dire or unusual circumstances do our paths ever 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]

Plot[edit]

In 1901, a man encounters a shack in the forest with a jinn sitting, waiting for him. The man starts to recite a prayer and the jinn attacks him. After a struggle the man throws holy water on the jinn. The jinn swears vengeance and curses the man's family through generations.

113 years later, Shawn and Jasmine are a happy couple living in Michigan. Shawn gets a delivery, an early birthday present of a note and VHS tape. Later, he tells his wife he thinks they're ready to have their first child, but Jasmine tells him that it's impossible for her to have children, upsetting Shawn. He leaves to think.

When he gets home, he finds his furniture all stacked on top of each other and his wife missing. He calls the police but Jasmine arrives, to his relief. When more odd things begin happening at home, the couple meets Father Westhoff and Gabriel, who explain the concept of jinn to them. Shawn doesn't believe this but is prompted by Father Westhoff to visit his adoptive parents. He does so and is surprised to have Father Westhoff's story corroborated. They are then attacked by an unseen force that takes Jasmine. Shawn sets off with Gabriel to gather information from Ali, Shawn's estranged uncle. He shows him that his wife is pregnant. Ali senses that the jinn has been spying on them and is there to attack him. As they flee, Gabriel sacrifices himself for Shawn. It is revealed that Gabriel is a jinn, though he dies in the fight with the other jinns.

Now relying solely on Father Westhoff for help, Shawn finds out the reason the jinn are after him. Father Westhoff sends him on a quest to learn how to defeat the jinn. Shawn manages to draw the jinn back to his apartment for their final battle. Surviving, he must now confront the main jinn from his great-grandfather's clash over 100 years ago. Ali is with him, and the two fight but it appears the jinn is only toying with them. Shawn finally defeats the jinn. Jinns from different dimensions come and ask Shawn for peace but Shawn wants them to leave him alone. He kills one of them as a warning to the others. Father Westhoff shows him that Jasmine is safe in the church along with the once-dead Gabriel.

A year later, Shawn, Jasmine, and Ali are at the apartment with their new baby boy. The baby drops his pacifier. Ali and Shawn both bend down to pick it up, but it moves to the baby's mouth without being touched. They look at each other, knowing that their son has the power to defeat the jinn.

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]

Critical reception of Jinn was negative, with a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 18% based on 11 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. Archived from the original on 2010-12-09. 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 2019-10-28.
  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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