Movie Review: The Djinn (2021)

Synopsis: After he and his dad move into a new house following his mom's suicide, the mute and asthmatic Dylan discovers a spell book in one of the closets and, while his dad is at work, decides to use it to summon a djinn so he can restore his ability to talk. The spell works but, to get his wish, he first must survive an hour with the murderous entity.

Who's in it? The movie stars Ezra Dewey, Rob Brownstein, Tevy Poe and John Erickson.

Review: I went to the library a couple days ago in search of a different movie. When I discovered that one was already checked out, I ended up picking out this film instead. 

To tell you the truth, I wasn't sure we'd enjoy this film and almost put it back on the shelf. I have been disappointed by most horror films lately and figured this movie would end up in that same category. However, it turned out to be a good decision.

I think the thing I liked most about this film was the way it portrayed the horror without any sort of dialog (other than a voice "reading" the spell book for the viewer). In addition to Dylan (Dewey) being unable to speak, the djinn (Erickson) carried out its attempts at killing the child without a word. The silence did a surprisingly good job of building up the suspense.

I am also going to admit, I loved the ironic (and sad) twist at the end of the film. It was something that was both unexpected and added a little something extra to the movie. I wish more horror films would do something like that.

My only real complaint about the movie is some scenes did seem a bit drawn out, making the movie seem longer than its 81-minute run time. At times, it felt a little like the writers couldn't think of more for the djinn to do and, had it not been for stretching out some unimportant scenes, I'm not sure this movie would have even been an hour in length.

Final Opinion: It wasn't the scariest film I've watched, but it did have an interesting plot overall and ended up being an entertaining choice. I'd recommend it.

My Grade: B


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