Jinn (2014)

Serinda Swan, Ray Park, William Atherton, Faran Tahir
Shawn, an automotive designer, enjoys an idyllic life with his new wife Jasmine until it is interrupted by a cryptic message. The message warns of imminent danger and a curse that has ...
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Must be a rating boosted movie2/10
This movie is just pointless. It seems to be a unfortunate pregnancy of a car designer company and a wannabe movie director. The story has so much holes and just doesn't make sense at all. There is a horrible car chase scene where I suppose you should think that the car is cool, but all it brings is bad will to the movie, the car, the director and the actors. It's just so pointless. Let's say, you are being chased by a supernatural being, for some reason you decide to flee in your car, and for some reason this supernatural being can't keep up with the car, but it seems to be able to jump freely between dimensions and teleportate on free will. That might be an absurd example, but still it sums up this movie, its mainly a very unfortunate attempt at advertise a car through a movie. It stays of the 1 point rating just cause of some half decent CGI effects but other than that, it's just sad. Watch it just if you are utterly bored and need to kill some time without any demands on quality or entertainment whatsoever.
Meh--More Made-for-TV than Big Screen5/10
Jinn is a film which can't decide whether it's a horror flick, a sci-fi/ fantasy romp, or an origin story launch for an independent noir graphic novel hero (please note, I have no idea if Jinn is based off a comic, but they're obviously trying to force-start a franchise.) Like the film's protagonists who attempt to create a super amalgamation of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, only to have it come across as vaguely anti-Muslim and awkward, (and the 'edgy' sound track choices which just end up being bafflingly bizarre,) this mix doesn't quite work, and the film would have been better served choosing one genre, and doing it well, instead of all and fumbling through it. There are some genuinely creepy moments, which are ruined by the comedy, and the comedy is in turn ruined by the complete, posturing cheesiness of some of characters and dialogs. Several plot devices could have come straight from their TVTropes.com pages, and certain scenes feel almost as if they were lifted from famous, better-made, movies.

The production value is very high, which helps and hinders. There are many actors with recognizable faces doing the very best they can; some extremely expensive camera shots; well-done (and plentiful) effects; fighting and driving stunts; and seriously, what is the point of the sports car? The high production values prevent the film from be a crappy delight, but make the confusing plot bearable to watch. Watching Jinn, you'll wonder who in the world would pour so much money into a movie who's plot and screen play feel more like a made-for-TV film you stumble onto after midnight on the Sifi channel than the big budget blockbuster it longs to be.

If you like films like "Season of the Witch," "Outlander," or random, independent movies from Red Box, you'll probably like Jinn, but otherwise, this is a film to watch with a bunch of drunk friends and make fun of, though there are other, better, choices for that.
Tedious vanity project3/10
I got a free ticket to see this, and spent too much. The credits did not appear until the end of the movie, and that made it much clearer what was going on: There were a few names and surnames repeated several times in the credits, none of them well known as filmmakers. The director was listed as a main designer for the car that was featured, at length -- not that it was particularly interesting as a car. Or a movie; the whole thing is padded absurdly. There might be a decent half-hour TV show buried in this mess, but the fact that there's almost a half hour of setup before anything really happens is a giveaway of the pace of this thing. And once things start happening, they look like something from the 80's -- at best. Nothing happens fast, and almost nothing happens only once; the director liked some of his shots so much we see them several times. Even the scene after the credits is pointless.

Don't get me wrong -- I like outsider films. The original Gone in 60 Seconds, for example, is a classic. This has none of the pacing or wit of that movie, or any other decent one.
Please Never Watch This Movie1/10
I would like to preface this by saying that I love movies and have a special place in my heart for bad horror movies at times.

However, this movie does not even rank well on my bad horror movies list. I spent more of this movie focused on if I would walk out of the movie theater (for the first time in my life) than on the plot - that was mainly because there was no plot.

The most impressive part of this movie was the fact they were able to put together a trailer that made me want to see it. Otherwise, they did not develop the characters, they jumped from one part of the story to the next without any transition and all the characters lacked emotional development (at one point instead of crying they just used droplets of water rolling straight down his cheek...).

All in all I can't tell you how much not to go see this. It is a waste of time and money. For your sake, do not make my mistake.
A horribly lackluster, under developed movie that doesn't deserve your money.3/10
This movie ruined my whole day. I had a very nice, full day planned out starting with this film, "Jinn." The trailer for it looked appealing, but it failed on so many levels. It fails to flesh out or develop anything on a compelling level. The characters are not explored, leaving them as very two dimensional people despite having some potentially good quality talents here like William Atherton. Its ideas are given the bare minimum of setup and exposition. The Jinn themselves are not well explained in the supposed mythology this film is attempting to setup and utilize. The film also heavily lacks in excitement until well passed the point where I stopped giving a damn about it. The talents of Ray Park are grossly wasted here with a very tame and very brief martial arts showing, and a super slow motion fight scene that amounts to one of the most boring sequences of the film. The filmmakers also surely had no intention of building up legitimate scares or suspense. Jump scares are all it has to offer in that regard. I honestly stopped giving a damn about halfway through the film because the makers of this film never bothered to give me anything worth giving a damn about. You have to establish, develop, and build up your characters primarily, and that's exactly what this film never takes the time to do. Thus, it's exactly why I lost all interest in this, and felt embarrassed walking out of the theatre at the end of it. This was a horribly difficult sit through the remaining fifty minutes of this movie as the only person in the theatre. Also, despite the Jinn being a threat to the entire whole of humanity, the scope of this film is extremely narrow, and feels a lot like a forgettable late 1990's direct-to-video movie. It just lacks ambition, originality, intelligence, and scope to make it succeed on any creative level at all.

"Jinn" does have a very moody look to it with good quality cinematography, and the CGI effects work is quite high grade. However, good visuals and nice effects cannot make-up for a lackluster script and lazy storytelling. The acting isn't poor, but it fails to compel an audience's interest. Do not bother paying to see this movie. There is a vast catalog of far superior works in this genre to watch and enjoy thoroughly than this such as The Prophecy, Constantine, or any episode of Supernatural. Don't waste your time, and don't encourage a sequel to a well below average movie like this because its end credits literally are asking you to do so.