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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.
Most of the time, this incoherent thriller resembles an overheated trailer for itself: a glaringly rough assembly of ill-staged computer-generated action sequences and portentous moments.
As an attention-grabbing opening installment for what's obviously intended as an ongoing horror franchise, "Jinn" fizzles.
A watchable if rather convoluted effort.
"Jinn" is certainly not lacking in audacity, but its uneasy balance between inspired delirium and mundane genre dues-paying is its one bridge too far.
A horror franchise isn't born.
More than anything the film shines because it isn't about the trauma or pain that Black women experience. Jinn is about identity, those beautiful, carefree days of youth, and how in a split second, one thing that is so deeply important can be replaced.
Writer-director Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad serves up glossy visuals on the back of a limited budget. However, Jinn often feels like it's a showreel for his visual talents. An admittedly uneven one at that.
Some of Bob Kurtzman's third act make-up effects are a small silver lining, but unfortunately Jinn is a pretty laughable affair.
A deeply dopey, distinctly not-terrifying, unintentionally hilarious supernatural thriller.
Clunky, missing engaging elements of franchise filmmaking that would make the viewer beg for a continuation. What's here is a cluttered snooze that limps to a conclusion.
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