I have to admit that I haven't actually watched the movies, just heard of them, but there's something that's been bugging me since I actually started thinking about them. To my understanding, the Djinn of the film are Jackass Genies who, after they grant a third wish, are all released from captivity forever; however, they do ultimately have to grant your wish, they just do it in as nasty a fashion as they can get away with. So what's stopping someone from just wishing that all Djinn were destroyed forever and finally putting an end to things?
It's been a while, but if I remember correctly the heroine's freebie starter (granted by the Djinn to "get her in the spirit of things") wish is for the Djinn to "blow his brains out, right now." He manifests a gun, puts the barrel in his mouth, and blows the back of his head out. It regenerates, and he comments something along the lines of "that which is made cannot be unmade," implying that the Djinn cannot be wished out of existence, merely imprisoned.
It is possible to wish for whatever event that freed him to be un-done, which re-sets the time-line to that point, and continues on, without whatever event that freed Djinn ever happening. This way, whatever wishes he granted during his time with a person are null and void, as he was never released to grant them in the first place. It does not kill Djinn, but it does fix the life of the person who was unfortunate enough to come across him, and anyone else who came into contact with Djinn during this period.
The Djiin cannot destroy that which is eternal; which includes himself and evil.
In the second film, the protagonist tried wishing the Djinn to destroy itself or go away. It could not do either because it would make the prophecy unfulfillable. So for all its power there were limits
"I wish for wishes to be granted as the wisher would interpret them." Problem solved.
"Okay, fine then." Evil Man then does so for exactly two wishes. The wish was granted, and now he can be evil again. Problem back with a vengeance.
Three wishes being granted still unleashes the Djinn's hordes as well.
Second wish: "I wish that every single djinn in existence is resealed into an absolutely unbreakable prison for all eternity."
"Very well. The Earth will now serve as their new, absolutely unbreakable prison for all eternity. And of course, 'unbreakable' doesn't preclude it being 'unlocked', so the universe is still ours too. Oh, I'm sorry, did you say 'as the wisher would interpret them'? Well, now that I've explained this wish to you, that's how you're interpreting it. Next wish?" Jackass Genies can be very hard to manipulate, especially when, like the Djinn, they're willing to twist words around into outcomes that only Insane Troll Logic would've predicted. Of course, if the Djinn's really Dangerously Genre Savvy he'll just nod and say "done" until the last wish is granted, and then start springing the legalistic snares.
This troper's problem is why the Djinn has to be an ass in the first place. Sure, it makes for a better story, but given the selfish nature of some people, wouldn't it be in the Djinn's best interest to just say, "Fine, I'll grant your wish exactly as you want," just to keep the ball rolling and get to that third wish faster?
The Djinn don't view humans as much more than means to an end, the Djinn probably derives some twisted pleasure from making people suffer, awfully human for an immortal being.
Yeah, he's evil and he likes torturing humans. He does simply grant wishes without being a Jackass Genie when it's in his interest to do so (like when he's granting the pivotal three wishes), but when he's just granting extra wishes to get through people, he sees it as a chance to inflict some mayhem along the way. Even in the prologue, when he twisted the king's second wish, it seemed to be with the intent of pushing him into immediately making the final wish ("then wish it away, sire, just wish it away").
That seems to be his pattern: seduce the wisher with the first wish going well so they will make a second wish, then make the second wish go disastrously wrong and then they'll waste their third wish to undo the damage from the second wish.
Indeed, this is exactly what it did to the heroine of the first movie. She wished to understand him so it took her to it's prison and scared her with a dog and then left, telling her it was going to kill her sister which forced her to use her second wish to escape.
What if the wisher just wanted one or two things in life, and the Djinn fulfilled them, and then didn't want wish for anything else? The Djinn wants the wisher discontent, and then they panic and make lots of wishes.
The heroine of the second movie wishes that the cop she shot was alive again so she could qualify as "a woman with a pure heart" and thus use the Banishing Spell. Two things here:
She's a thief. Apparently she never killed before but does repairing one crime really nullify all the other ones?
Suddenly discarding his Jerkass Genie manner Djinn actually grants her wish as desired and completely rewrites the cop's fate, returning him home as if nothing happened. Uhm, why not make him alive...in his grave?!
Or bring him back as a brain-eating zombie who now wants to eat his family instead of greeting them?
If I recall correctly, the only robbery she ever mentions committing is the one at the beginning of the movie, and in the montage she's shown secretly returning all the stuff she stole. That made up for it... I guess. And maybe the Djinn just wanted to get the second wish over with quickly so they could move on to the third, so he couldn't be bothered to twist things around.
Another try at disarming the Djin through wishes. "I wish that you never ever grant another wish to anybody else, including me" or "I wish that you never speak with or contact in any way or even approach any human being closer than, say, 10 km, ever again, after you grant this wish". Would that work?
Eeeeh... Not really. The Djinn can fulfill those two wishes simply by exterminating humanity altogether. In this way, the Djinn won't be able to grant another wish to any human any more —and, definitely, he won't speak with, contact in any way or approach any human being any more. I don't think this would be the intention of the person making the wish, no?
Or he fulfills it by making humanity something other than humanity. What if it was fulfilled by making every human a host for an imprisoned Djinn, technically they wouldn't be human any more and the legions of the Djinn would walk the earth in place of mankind. The Djinn then wouldn't be speaking to any one that was human. Then he wouldn't have to grant wishes, there would be no need.
Another try. The Djinn can go anywhere, do anything, as long as a human told him to. What if a human told him "Get Lost." Or for that matter "Stay lost."
"Get lost" doesn't imply "be where no one else is", as there are plenty of folks in the world who don't know where they are or how to get where they're going. Or he could produce a box set of a certain TV show and get Lost.
I wish that you were back in the gem, bringing no one else along with you."
That's pretty much what Alexandra did wish for at the end of the first film (and it works!), only with time alteration included.
Unless the wisher specifies forever, then the Djinn will just visit his home in the gem and then return. After his imprisonment is broken, the gem became his home anyway, complete with a torture chamber/throne room.
Since one of the Djinn's powers involves their ability to steal dead people's faces and imitate them, the Djinn would probably fulfill the second wish by either killing you and then continue to wear your face or release a second Djinn from their imprisonment to demonically possess you. There, you're a Djinn, but you're either dead or not in control. Alternatively, he might turn you into a weak, imp of a Djinn and then transport you to the hellish home dimension where all the other Djinn are imprisoned where you can be tormented and bullied forever by all the other more powerful ones. For the first wish, I don't know, maybe he would interpret omnipotence as sexual prowess rather than god-like ability?
I'd think he'd probably... Just grant the second. (And interpret the first as the second.) Then the wish-maker would be, exactly as they asked, a being of pure evil committed to bringing about Hell on Earth. Any disappointment the djinni would feel in not screwing one person would surely be assuaged many times over by the second-hand glow of all the many future fuckings-over their new progeny dishes out.
And he doesn't grant that wish, but you already spent one; two to go.
Doesn't work. It does waste a wish (until it doesn't), but say the Djinn goes ahead and doesn't grant the wish, which means he did grant the wish, which means he didn't, which means he did... it's a very tricky attempt, since at best the Djinn will be retconned out of existence. Alternatively the Djinn will rewrite the universe's logic to fulfill the wish, or at worst, it will cause a Reality-Breaking Paradox and omniversal Apocalypse How.
What's really interesting is that the Djinn was defeated through a Logic Bomb tactic in the movie. Alex wishes for him to rewrite history, but he granted her third wish by doing so. So the Djinn were released, but they were never released, because they were released, because they were never released...
What about these? To get rid of the djinn: "I wish you would do nothing but continuously blow your brains out, from now, for all eternity." To enslave the djinn: "I wish you would fall in love with me in a total, perpetual and completely selfless way."
How about "I wish that you, and any other creatures called Djinn at any point of time would ever interpret any information as wishes." Theoretically, it disables all Djinn (even if they change the name of their species) to ever accept wishes (though it backfires a bit on those people who were indeed called djinns for any reason).
I'm getting the vibe a lot of people that posted here didn't see the movie and just "want to be that guy" to utterly defeat the Djinn. Here's what you don't get if you don't watch the movie: At the start the Djinn is imprisoned before he can grant his third wish to a seemingly babilonian or egipcian-like king who had already had two wishes granted, among them "to see things never seen before" thus enabling the Djinn to graphically gore the court before his eyes in pretty twisted ways. That's how the Djinn is imprisoned in the Opal and grafted into a statue OUTSIDE OF VIEW. The statue is eventually unearthed (implying the kingdom was wiped off the earth) and shipped to a museum. During unloading of the box containing the statue, it is broken and the opal released. I don't remember the exact circumstances, but the opal comes to be nearby a dying person, who wishes not to die, enabling the Djinn to use his body as a host but preventing more wishes from being granted. The plot of the movie resolves, but just as a general idea of how twisted the words can get, at one point in th emovie a guard prevents the Djinn from entering a room by just saying he should leave; but then commits the "mistake" of uttering something along the lines of "you could enter, but only by going through me, and I'd like to see that" and thus the Djinn turns around, turns the guard into a panel of glass and literally walks THROUGH him, killing him in the process. In order to defeat the Djinn the protagonist luckily remembers the name of the crane operator that unloaded the statue (she was related to the museum in some way) and wishes that operator to not have been drunk that day, allowing him to do his job properly so the statue was never broken. This wish was a last resort desperate move on the part of the protagonist; it ultimately resovles favorably because the script says so; but there really was no way of knowing if it would have worked like it did; so any and all statements on the sense of defeating the Djinn at its own game are pretty much deluded, or rather, wishful thinking ;) The Djinn proves during the first movie that he's one hell of a legalese exploiter to his own convenience and I seriously doubt any human could outwit an eternal demon at lawyering.
Most people probably have seen the movie, but:
The Djinn can only be defeated through wishes (at least until the sequels...), so the temptation to try it is natural. The guard for instance did sort of beat the Djinn at his own game by wishing for him to leave (except since he's not the one who freed him, he still has to give his soul up anyway, and the Djinn can still return later). It's his taunt to the Djinn afterwards that undid it.
Corrupting wishes is just a fun game, hence the forum thread dedicated to it.
What happens to those who's wishes are granted and their souls are taken, are they free in the end? Or they remain trapped forever?
They were free in both films. In the first film, the events were undone, and we see all the people alive again, including Robert Englund's character and her boyfriends, even though they all made wishes. In the second film, all the people who made wishes come back to life after the Djinn is forced to give them up. The only thing that remained unchanged was the Djinn, who kept the face that he stole from the cadaver (who wasn't alive and so dosen't count as a wisher).