ome readers are offended when they see me use the word
"dumb" to describe some movies. I guess no self-respecting movie
critic would ever use words like "dumb"; I guess I'm supposed to come
up with more flowery ways to say that a movie is dumb. Well, I'm sorry, but
sometimes a movie is just dumb, and calling it dumb by any other name is
still calling it dumb.
"Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell" is dumb.
Yes, I said it. And here are the reasons why it's dumb:
It's dumb in that the Djinn (played by Jason Connery in
human form and John Novak in heavy makeup form) can move at superspeed and do
other groovy things like set people on fire just by thinking it, and yet it
takes him 50 minutes of screentime to locate one college student living on
It's dumb in that the Djinn, still searching for college
student A.J. Cook ("Final
Destination 2") so he can grant her 3 wishes and thus open the gates of
hell (or something or rather), actually finds the time between the whole
"making the Earth into a demon graveyard" thing to teach a class.
It's dumb in that when the heroine wishes for one of God's
archangels to come and help her defeat the Djinn, the archangel ends up in the
body of a kid in jeans and a T-shirt with a big ol sword, but apparently has
forgotten how to swing the sword, although he did show some skills with a judo
It's dumb in that the archangel, wounded by the Djinn,
doesn't seem to be able to mend his host body's wound, and yet can blow on a
burn victim's hand and instantly heal the hand! Gee, archangel, why didn't you
just blow on yourself?
It's dumb in that the movie's climactic battle consists of
a car chase, a car crash, and then a car blowing up in a giant ball of flame,
all in the middle of a college campus, and yet not a single campus police car,
fire truck, or student wanders over to see what the ruckus.
In fact, the smartest thing about "Wishmaster 3"
is that Andrew Divoff, who was in the first and second "Wishmaster",
has declined to re-appear in this third (and the fourth) installment in the
series. Smart boy, that Divoff.
Despite the brainless plotting by screenwriter Alex Wright,
"Wishmaster 3" has enough blood, gore, and gratuitous nudity to
satisfy those of us with very little expectations for Teen Slasher movies. The
Djinn also (for the most part) continues his granting of wishes and adding a
deadly twist to it. Even though not all of the Djinn's killings made sense (for
example: a student wishes to go some place where she won't be found, so the
Djinn puts her head in a rat cage. Huh?) there are still enough good wish-kills
to keep one entertained.
Ah, to have low expectations of a movie...