Jinn – Movie Review

Movie: Jinn

Year: 2014

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Languages: English (Mainly) Arabic & Urdu (Some Dialogues)

Genre: Thriller, Horror

Jinn Movie Review:

Well with all due respect to the director for his “novel” effort to introduce the concept of “Jinn” to the Western and European audience. In my view the “Jinn/Djinn” proved to be a very below par movie. The reason for this is that the story-line is really very weak and the plot too is really not interesting at all. The movie literally goes nowhere with the script. I also have reservations regarding if the concept of “Jinn” is really explained in a proper way or not. I am a Muslim by birth and I have not read or heard anywhere anything like this what is shown in the movie. Although, Jinns live with us in this world without letting us know about it, but there is nothing as such that there is a group of Jinns who wants to rule the world. So, as such there is a flaw in story-line anyways it’s a thriller cum horror movie so no one expects reality in it. But, still the director must have done a bit more research on this subject. Now coming on to the technical aspects of this movie. Besides, that this movie has a star cast who are not very famous it also lag “special effects”. The fighting scenes are really very poorly constructed and it don’t give a feel of a 21st century movie. From acting point of view too this movie doesn’t offer much to its audience. Dominic Rains is the lead character and he is really “pathetic” if not less. Serinda Swan is beautiful and that’s it…there’s nothing in her role too that can appeal you. Faran Tahir and Ray Park are looking as if they are “overacting”. The music/background score of the movie too is not so appealing. Overall, I am of the view that Mr. Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad needs to work a lot if he is “ever” thinking of making a sequel of this movie.

My Rating of Jinn Movie:

I have given 4 out of 10 to this Jinn movie mainly because I didn’t like any element of the movie. The plot, music, acting, special effects etc. all are below par from an average Hollywood flick. To be frank I had high hopes from this movie, but all I end up with is lots of disappointment.

My Verdict of Jinn Movie:

If you have nothing to see at home on a day only then see Jinn Movie that too without any expectations. There is every chance that you might stop seeing the film in the first hour itself. But if you really want to know about the “Jinns” then please read some authentic Islamic Sources they will give you a better picture than this movie.

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Welcome To Karachi – Movie Review

Movie: Welcome To Karachi 

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: India

Language: Hindi & Urdu

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Rating:

4.5/10 – IMDb 

33%  – Rotten Tomatoes

Welcome To Karachi Review:

Before writing anything about the movie, I would love to emphasize the fact that it is a “Political Satire“. However, it may not be the best of “Political Satires” that we have seen till now. But, keeping in mind the films that have hit the screens this year so far, it is definitely one of the best till date. Now coming to the film, it can be said conspicuously that it is has a totally “illogical” story-line. But, as this is a comedy what else would you expect? The ending of Welcome To Karachi is really very “unsatisfying”. One would have been wondering actually what happened to “Shami and Kedar”? The visual effects of this movie are just “okay” there’s nothing to tell about it. The music is fine although not too great. The main “USP” of the movie is its cast. Be it Arshad Warsi, Jackky Bhagnani, Lauren Gottlieb, Adnan Shah, or Ayub Khoso. All the characters have played their role very well. Even, the small characters too have given awesome performance. Among the scenes that I like the most is the one that happened outside the Indian Consulate Office in Karachi. It may be an exaggerated scene with no reason and logic but, it conveys a very clear message in the form of “stupidity” that how today’s “International Relations” are going on. Every country is jealous of its rival and want to “eliminate” it. The move also sheds a light on “American” involvement on Pakistan’s land and how things are manipulated. The truth is not always what we see, it differs from person to person. I am happy to see that this movie doesn’t promote any “ultra nationalism” or “hatred”. The director has dealt well with a weak but, comic story-line. For me Arshad Warsi was the one who really carries the movie along on his shoulders. Arshad is well-known for his ‘comic” roles in Bollywood and once again he delivered it well in “Welcome To Karachi”.

My Rating of Welcome To Karachi:

I have rated the movie 9 out of 10 mainly because of its small but powerful punches of “dark political satire” and some awesome acting by the cast. With just over 2 hours this is a wonderful comedy film to relieve your mind of all the tensions you may have.

My Verdict of Welcome To Karachi:

If you like some “lighthearted” cinema that make no sense. But, gives you entertainment and lot’s of funny moments to laugh about then go for this. I bet you will not be disappointed. Just forget the “logic part” and enjoy the movie…! Anyways there’s very little logic in India and Pakistan relations!

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The Star of The Week – ALICIA VIKANDER

About Alicia Vikander:

Alicia Amanda Vikander born 3rd October – 1988 in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden. During her teens Alicia wanted to be a “Dancer” but, due to some injuries in her late teens she quite on her dream to become a dancer. Before making her debut in Hollywood Vikander played many roles in regional soap operas and short films. Her best known swedish character was in the Swedish TV drama “Andra Avenyn” (2007-10). She announced her arrival in Hollywood with  her role of “Kitty” in Joe Wright’s Romantic Drama “Anna Karenina“. After this she starred in the Julian Assange’s Biopic movie “The Fifth State” alongside British actor Benedict Cumberbatch. She got some strong praise for her role in the 2014 movie Son of a Gun. As of 2015 she will star in as many as 8 movies. Her role of “Gaby” in “The Man From U.N.C.L.E” has been appreciated all around. One major role she has done is in the movie Ex-Machina, in that movie Alicia has performed the character of an Artificial Intelligence named “AVA”.  She has already got few awards for her role in 2010 movie”Pure“, for Ex Machina and for Danish Girl. One of the most anticipated movies of her this year is “Burnt” co-starring Bradley Cooper.

My View of Alicia Vikander:

I have watched her first in Seventh Son after that in The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Ex Machina and I really loved her acting skills as well as her beauty and in my view she has the potential to become a big star in the near future. 2015 is surely going to be a big year for her professionally. You can simply say that Miss Vikander is a fine actor with a lot to deliver to us. Seeing her acting in Pure, Hotell, Ex Machina, Danish Girl and Anna Karenina one can easily fell in love with her. She is an innocent looking intense performing actress who always seems to be in command of her role.

Movies to Watch of Alicia Vikander:

1- Pure (2010)

2- The Man from U.N.C.L.E (2015)

3- Hotell (2013)

4- Burnt (2015)

5 – Ex Machina (2015)

6 – Danish Girl (2015)

My Overall Rating of Alicia:

7 out of 10 mainly because of her intense acting skills and charming innocent looks. I loved her character Gaby in The Man from U.N.C.L.E and  AVA in Ex Machina without doubt she has given her best till now in that movie. I am eagerly looking forward to see her in Burnt and The Danish Girl.

 

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Three Kings – Movie Review

Movie: Three Kings (1999)

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: English, Arabic (Few Dialogues Only) 

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, War

Three Kings Movie Review:

Three Kings is set in 1991 Iraq after the end of Gulf War-1. It has very competently portrayed the situation after the end of Gulf War-1 when the “uprising” takes place against the rule of Saddam Hussein in southern Iraq. The movie shows how after the end of the war nobody including USA was caring about the people who were brutally suppressed, looted, tortured, and killed by the Iraqi army. All everyone was caring about was to get their hands on the “gold” that Saddam’s Army has looted from the Kuwaitis. Even the media which is supposed to be “neutral and unbiased” was thinking of getting more and more stories and not helping the people.

Three Kings gives an idea about the political situation of Iraq during that time and how the “inconsistent” US foreign policy has affected the lives of millions of people both “pro-Saddam and anti-Saddam”. The screenplay is very good and the locations filmed for Three Kings look genuine and wonderful. The story has a comical way too and it really keeps you interested. The actors have performed really well and it can be said everyone has done justice to their roles. The background music is also good but can not described as great like in many other “war” themed movies.

Characters to watch out in Three Kings:

Archie Gates (George Clooney): Well Mr. Clooney is Mr. Clooney you can’t describe him well enough. Throughout the movie it is his character that has a “resounding” presence on-screen. He has taken the limelight away from other co-stars.

Conrad Vig (Spike Jonze): Well, he is shown as an idiotic but nice at heart person. His only wish is to go back to US and earn a decent living there. He is also responsible for the comedy element in the film. But, in the end after getting shot he dies with a last wish of getting buried in a sacred place. His fellow companions fulfills his last wish.

My Rating of Three Kings:

I have rated this film 8 out of 10. The main reason for this is that it is not a one-sided story telling. The film shows both the sides of the coin. It is especially clear in the character of “Said” while torturing “Troy” speak many things that hit our brains. The character of TV reporter Adriana Cruz is also very though provoking and gives an insight of how media handles things. specially when in the end she says “why this war happened in the first place she doesn’t still understand it” sums up all. Although it can’t be denied that Three Kings at some places exaggerated many things, but it is very much expected as it is a commercial cinema.

My Verdict of this Film:

If you are looking to see some action packed drama movie that has comedy as well as emotional punch in it then Three Kings is a must watch. In the end, you will also get to know how things can be made better by properly managing the “conflicts” anywhere in this planet.

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