Gone are all the big names that starred in the first film in this series (four films and counting). But luckily for fans of the original, Andrew Divoff came back to reprise his role as the evil Djinn in this direct to video sequel. And once again, Divoff is the biggest draw (if not the only) in the film. And, as in most sequels, the body count is upped. The Djinn must collect 1,001 souls this go around before forcing his master to make three wishes, allowing him to unleash hell on earth.
And yes, I know what you are thinking. 1,001 is a really odd and dumb number. You are right. Don’t think about it too hard. Also, don’t think about how 800 people apparently wanting to get lucky in Atlantic City gave up their souls without technically wishing for that to happen. Or how when a cop says, “Freeze” it means that he wants to be literally frozen in his tracks – something he certainly didn’t wish for. Seriously, stop driving Mac truck-sized plot holes through this movie. You’re so mean. Yes, while the Djinn is bound by rules (that were mostly well done and followed in the first film) this go around he just does whatever might be cool and throws caution to the wind to silly things like logic and making sense. What you should take from this is the screenwriter did an uninspired hack job effort on this turkey.
But that doesn’t mean this film isn’t fun to watch. Early on the Djinn is sent to prison for some crimes he didn’t commit. This is a wonderful place for an evil wish granting man. Several prisoners learn the hard way that it’s not good to mess with the Djinn. Of course, he basically makes a deal with everyone in the prison because ya know prisoners don’t care about their souls AND they really like cigarettes. In one of the more effective scenes in the film the Djinn grants a wish from a guard to, “Slow dance with you, for one minute. Compton style.” I don’t know what dancing “Compton style” is. I assume it has something to do with blasting N.W.A. while wearing bandanas and committing crimes, but the Djinn had a much different interpretation.
There is also a bunch of business between a bad girl and her ex-boyfriend who is now a priest. The girl goes from being a no good robber and thief, who looks like a punk, to being a conservative virgin. We know exactly when she joins the good team because she chops off her finger as a way of repenting for killing a man in cold blood. Ya know the old saying – “An eye for a finger or something that is pretty close.” The whole business between the priest and the girl is dumb. And just when you think it is reached the limit of stupidness, the priest ends up in hell on cross – just like that one hairy guy who does stuff with wine and fish. Actually, the whole message of this movie seems like something some Christian bible study dreamt up.
I don’t hate this movie, but I certainly don’t love it. It’s fun to watch if you can turn your brain off for 90 minutes. I almost forgot. There is a scene involving a lawyer that is worth the price of admission. If you’ve seen it, you know what I am talking about.
Snore Factor: ZZZ