- 1 hr 25 min
In the 2013 supernatural horror film, Djinn, a young couple, Khalid (Khalid Laith) and Salama (Razane Jammal), move back to their United Arab Emirates home after several years living in America. The couple has returned to their homeland excitedly yet cautiously, as Salama is still coping with a trauma she experienced as a child involving the mythic creature, the Djinn. Her trauma ties back to an ill-fated trip taken with her parents decades before. Upon their arrival, the couple finds the city of Abu Dhabi has changed significantly since the last time they were home. The city is now modern and flashy, with skyscrapers and bright lights seemingly competing to outshine one another. But despite the modernity, reminders of the past remain, such as the pre-modern graveyard that lies near their new apartment building. Khalid quickly embraces their new life back in the UAE, finding work as an architect, and making fast friends with an expat couple, who are also new to the city, Maryam (Aiysha Hart ) and Mo Sebai (Paul Luebke). However, Salama is still haunted by memories of the Djinn and she begins to see visions that blur her dreams and reality. As bizarre and supernatural events begin to unfold, the couple becomes increasingly worried about their safety. Their fears are compounded when they realize that the Djinn their daughter is seeing may not be just her imagination, but that they may be experiencing real encounters with the spirit. Khalid and Salama's attempts to learn about the Djinn lead them to an old lady, who is said to be knowledgeable about the creature. She tells them that the Djinn can only be stopped if one understands the source of their own fears. As the couple struggles to deal with their own traumas, they must also face the reality of the descending Djinn and the intentions behind it. The movie ends with a twist, leaving the audience with more questions than answers, and forcing them to make their own assumptions about the fate of the protagonists. Directed by Tobe Hooper, who is known for his work on films such as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist, Djinn takes an interesting spin on the myths of the Djinn, which are creatures from Islamic mythology. The film offers a refreshing change of pace from typical horror films, incorporating elements of cultural experiences and beliefs, tied deeply to the film's setting. With a solid cast and an engaging storyline, Djinn offers a unique perspective on Middle Eastern culture, mythology, and beliefs, while also tapping into the universal human experience of fear and trauma. It is a horror movie with a mix of suspense and thrill that builds towards the climax, leaving the audience with a feeling of the unknown, and a thirst for more.