Red Sands Reviews
It has a limited reach - but that works with the film and because of that it isn't overly flawed. It knows what it can and can't do and makes the best of it.
Red Sands was a surprisingly good psychological film. Each character deals with his own fear and we're subjected to the slow deterioration of their psyches. The Djinn doesn't become readily available to us until the end of Red Sands and when it does, it sort of throws off a weak vibe. Luckily, it only appears on the screen for about half a minute. Most of the killing comes from the soldiers on eachother, which sort of makes the appearance of the Djinn kind of useless. The audience wouldn't have noticed the difference if it made itself completely scarce. Honestly, I wouldn't have noticed the difference.
Each character kept the film in a steady-pace and wasn't rushed in the slightest. I was thoroughly intrigued with the whole layout of the film until the final scene came into play which provided a nice little twist to the storyline. Granted, it was a bit predictable, but nonetheless, a fine ending to an interesting film.
Perhaps I'm a little biased and have been from the beginning, but I like movies with the Djinn. So when this one started out with the whole Djinn thing, it automatically went up on the list. And, thankfully, it didn't disappoint. Mind you, it was a little strange from time to time, and certainly not A-list graphics, but I enjoyed it. And hey, what says love more than watching some guy get his face eaten off? Very little, ladies and gents. I don't usually go for soldier movies, and endings like this one normally - erm - irritate me, but it was well done, in my humble opinion.
This film was no exception to that rule, and lost another point for the bad CGI towards the end.
It was so bad, I couldn't finish it.
Set in the deserts of Afghanistan, this one explores the legend of the Djinn, often called Genies in the west. If you know anything about genies beyond the Disney or TV version then you know there is potential here for a wicked supernatural horror film. This film does a pretty good job with it. A U.S. Army squad on ?routine? insurgent patrol out in the desert shoots up an ancient statue they find among some ruins, mostly out of boredom and cockiness.
The statue was actually a ?prison? that held a Djinn. The statue?s destruction releases the vengeful spirit and it wastes no time to begin mentally tormenting the men of the squad with illusions and mind games. The film gets interesting when paranoia and panic grips the group and they start to turn on each other. The acting is good, though average. The soundtrack can be called the same. The SFX are pretty good. For a DTH DVD release this one is good, and is worth checking out.
Notes: HL-GV-BN Suggested Age: 16+