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JINN (2014): Review…A Beautiful But Over-Done Flick

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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 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.
– Written by Exodus Pictures

JINN is a beautifully shot, entertaining film. It is constructed with many action-packed sequences, a decently deep story, and plenty of jaw dropping visual effects.

The cast allows you to believe that these extraordinary events are actually happening and immerses you into this wonderfully crafted story.

The only real issues I had with the film is the soundtrack, which is scored like a superhero movie. Many times during the film I was taken back at how awkward the score was in conjunction with the action on screen.

Also director Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad’s overexaggerated action scenes were a little to much at some points. An example would be when the character of Gabriel (played by Ray Park) is fighting a horde of possessed mental patients. Before the fight ensues, Gabriel uses his powers to freeze them all, so they aren’t attacking, they aren’t even moving; they’re frozen in place. But the character deems it necessary to dance around them in this grandstand style martial arts dance as he cuts them down one by one. It’s actually pretty funny.

Minus these little flaws the film is certainly one to give a watch. If not for anything else, the Jinn creature design is super fuckin’ cool and adds another level of quality to the film that it wouldn’t have had without it.

Check this film out; it sure as hell is entertaining, and you can certainly do a lot worse these days!

 


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Chad Armstrong

President/Co-Owner at LC Films
Chad Armstrong is a writer/producer/director who was born and raised in Long Beach CA. In 2009 he relocated to Alabama where he founded LeglessCorpse, a site dedicated to independent horror films, and soon after created the indie horror distribution company LeglessCorpse Films (currently known as LC Films). Not only is he co-owner of LeglessCorpse.com and LC Films he is also President of the newly formed Back Aisle Video label. Chad's most recent feature film is Deimosimine, and currently in development on the feature film Blood Dancers 2: Full Moon.

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