Coming in April is Jinn, the first US feature by writer/director Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad. The film stars Dominic Rains (United 93), Ray Park (Star Wars, X-Men), Serinda Swan (Breakout Kings, Graceland), and William Atherton (Die Hard, Ghostbusters).
Take a peek at the trailer...
Per the film's website, the story is as follows:
Shawn (Dominic Rains), an automotive designer, enjoys an idyllic life with his new wife Jasmine (Serinda Swan) until it is interrupted with 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 (Ray Park) and Father Westhoff (William Atherton), a mysterious duo claiming to have answers. With their help, and the aid of Ali (Faran Tahir), 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.
Now...did anyone get that from the trailer? Cause to be honest, I don't think I did. To watch that trailer, it's really a collection of disconnected action sequences with interspersed images of the "Jinn". Also, Shawn is supposed to be our hero, so I'm left wondering why Ray Park was so front and center. Granted, he's a much more well known name here in the States, but I mean come on, commit to your hero.
One has to hope that these questions will be answered upon viewing the film, but I would think the filmmaker might want to draw you in a little bit more.
The jinn are spiritual creatures in Islam and Arabic folklore. They are mentioned in the Qur'an and other Islamic texts and inhabit an unseen world in dimensions beyond the visible universe of humans. Together, the jinn, humans and angels make up the three sapient creations of God.
The Qur'an mentions that the jinn are made of a smokeless and "scorching fire", but are also physical in nature, being able to interact physically with people and objects and likewise be acted upon.Like human beings, the jinn can also be good, evil, or neutrally benevolent and hence have free will like humans and unlike angels.
Jinn is not the first American film to focus on the mythical creature. The Wishmaster film franchise introduced a malevolent jinn (or "Djinn" as it is spelled in the series) that uses the lifeforce of his wishers to thin the veil between our world and his in order to bring his kind through and destroy us. I am a HUGE fan of the Wishmaster series, and it was that which perked my ears up when I first heard of Jinn.
Don't get me wrong now, I am a huge sucker for action-horrors, and my often insatiable curiosity still draws me to this film, and I will most definitely see it. If you're the same, I might recommend that you roll the dice and see it yourself.
Jinn premieres in theaters on April 4th, 2014.
Look for our review of Jinn on the April 30th episode of The Grave Plot Podcast at www.graveplotpodcast.com
-SkeleTony -- The Grave Plot Podcast