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'Jinn' – Supernatural Thriller versus Real Life Horror
by Dawn Perlmutter
Spoiler alert – The film 'Jinn' from Exxodus Pictures, written and directed by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad and starring Ray Park, Dominic Rains, Serinda Swan, Faran Tahir and William Atherton opened on 4-4-14. Promoted as a supernatural thriller, movie goers in the U.S. can now add Jinn to Vampires, Zombies, Poltergeists and other manifestations of evil spirits /creatures depicted in horror films. The film was supposed to "introduce the accurate mythological concept of the jinn to western audiences". Instead it presents a multicultural version of what a large segment of the world's population regard as real, tangible beings that significantly affect their lives. For millions of Muslims around the world jinn exist and are experienced as real among both the illiterate and the educated. Jinn are an integral part of Islamic theology. Jinn are mentioned in the Quran and the prophetic tradition and are described as actual, intelligent life forms. The Quranic message itself is addressed to both humans and jinn. Michigan born Director Ahmad portrays jinn as if they are also found in Judaic and Christian theology. In fact the entire film never once mentions Muslims, Islam or the Quran.
The main character Shawn (Dominic Rains), an orphaned automotive designer, and his new wife Jasmine (Serinda Swan) live in present day Ann Arbor, Michigan. They are haunted by jinn as the result of a curse that has plagued his family for generations. Aided by Gabriel (Ray Park), a good jinn, Father Westhoff (William Atherton), a priest and Ali (Faran Tahir), a shackled mental patient, Shawn uses his customized muscle car, the Firebreather, to elude the jinn, protect his family and save the world from evil. The car designed by Director Ahmad was created for the sole purpose of this film and is the first vehicle in motion picture history available to the public for purchase. Several of the 50 limited editions, produced as exact replicas of the vehicle in the movie, sold before the film debuted. The Firebreather, a modified Camaro SS with a V8, Edlebrock E-Force Supercharger System 599 horsepower engine that resembles a classic Pontiac Firebird is arguably the best part of the film.
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