Directed by Chris Angel
Reviewed by MaT, added on Jan 1 2005
The Wishmaster films have always had a strange appeal to me. I have always found the concept of the Djinn, basically an evil genie, to be something that could be incredibly cool if done correctly. This happens to be the 4th installment of the franchise, and I must say that the series is starting to go into a far better direction than the absolute suck fest that was part 3.
The plot is pretty much like the other Wishmaster films. A new couple buy a house and look to be having a great life together. Fast forward 3 years and the couple's relationship is in ruins. The guy had a horrible motorcycle accident that has left him paralyzed and unable to have sex with his girlfriend. Let me tell you right away that this guy is the most annoying person in the entire movie. I just couldn't get past the fact that his whole motivation for acting like an asshole ,constantly, to his girlfriend is because he can't have sex with her.
Anyways, said girlfriend is working with this lawyer guy to get a settlement for her boyfriend. Apparently the brake pads were shoddy or something and that's what caused the wreck. That silly backstory sets up the love triangle. You see, the lawyer wants the girlfriend and after the way her boyfriend has been treating her, she seems to think that might not be such a bad idea. However, she is still loyal to her ass of a boyfriend, who thinks she is banging the lawyer anyway. Relationships, don't you just love them?
Sound like a soap opera to you? You might be asking how the hell the Djinn has anything to do with this nonsense. Well, the lawyer gives a small ornate box to the girl as a gift and wouldn't you know...the ruby is inside. Why is it inside the box? How did the lawyer not know it was in there when he got it for her? The writers obviously thought those questions didn't need to be answered. So predictably, the Djinn shows himself AFTER his waker leaves. So after questioning the lawyer (making him wish for something of course) the Djinn takes over the lawyers face and body and begins to woo the girl. All the while trying to get the 3 wishes out of her that will release his brothers onto the world.
Oddly enough, this movie isn't as bad as I thought it would be. True, the plot is pretty stupid and their is an absolutely idiotic sub-plot when an angel descends down from heaven to kill the Djinn (to which we are subjected to a HORRIBLE, and I mean HORRIBLE sword fight) but there is enough new stuff to at least hold your attention. One of the new things is that the Djinn actually gets his 3rd wish. However its basically a paradox wish and he can't grant it. That was pretty cool because it was interesting to see the Djinn try to figure out how the hell he is supposed to do that. Plus the look on his face is priceless.
Also, we get lots of gore to satisfy the masses, and the effects are pretty good for a low-budget feature. The ending is pretty weak. I was very dissappointed with how the Djinn went down. It was pretty predictable. And I think I must log two more minor complaints. Number one: The Djinn needs to stop talking so much. I would like to see him in a debate with Pinhead from Hellraiser to see who could talk the most without accomplishing a damn thing. And number two: Don't show the Djinn in daylight. He's a demon of darkness and fire, what the hell is up with the swordfights and the alleyway brawls in broad daylight? All in all, its a step above part 3 but still has many problems. It is a decent flick and at the very least will keep you entertained with its pointless T&A, gore, and unintentional funniness.