WISHMASTER 2Artisan Entertainment
1999
R

“All right. I understand. You’ve had a tough day. I can see how this could get a little depressing in here, couldn’t it? This place isn’t exactly happy.”

The Djinn has been released from his shiny yet cramped prison yet again by an art thief, and this time around he needs to collect 1001 souls before he can get the 3 wishes that will open the gates between the Djinn world and ours. Where’s an evil genie to go to gather that many souls in a short amount of time? Two words: Vegas, baby! On the way, he makes some friends in prison, and hangs with the Russian mob. Wackiness (and a $5 buffet) ensues…

Sequel to the original 1997 flick is almost as good. I said, “almost”. It had a bunch of things going for it: Returning Andrew Divoff is having much more fun with the character, the wish-educed situations are much more gruesome and hilarious (there’s a “I wish my lawyer would go f%#@ himself” scene that…well, all I can say is, I was rolling on the floor in tears with the payoff), the humor itself is darker and more prominent, and the Djinn hangin’ with the Russian mob is just fun times. The drawback…well, the budget for the sequel was approximately half of that of the first one, and it shows in the lackluster effects. Many scenes, especially the end slaughter in Vegas, feels rushed and doesn’t really go the distance with the material. That, and the story’s a bit too familiar with the original. While Andrew Divoff is a riot, and truly the entire movie did hang on him entirely, the movie seems little more than half-baked and cheep. Really, I’d watch it again simply to see Divoff ham it up again…and that lawyer scene…that’s gonna stick with you…