I should probably start off this review by apologizing for my silence over the last week or so – I’ve got a huge backlog of films to get through here but a few (advertising) offers came in for the site.
I decided to take a break from it all last night and hit up the horror section of Putlocker – to my surprise there was a nice new shiny Found Footage effort on there!
It was called Jeruzalem…
When a couple of young American adults fly to Israel to visit the city of Jerusalem, a biblical nightmare falls upon the city…
Yep that’s about it for the plot folks – short and sweet…but worth it’s weight in gold!
I should point out that this particular Found Footage has a new sort of edge to it – from a perspective sense.
For once the camcorders have been left behind…for a pair of ‘smart spectacles’ ( or ‘Google Glasses’ as I’m reliably informed! ).
The rather tired haunted forests and abandoned asylums have also been ignored and replaced with the wonderful Found Footage scenery of Jerusalem.
Directors Doron Paz and Yoav Paz ( The Paz Brothers ) seem to have been fully aware of the location benefits they had at their fingertips. In fact the first 40 minutes of the film played out as a sort of tourist advert for the famous city.
Surprisingly, this was NOT a bad decision as the unique setting really plays well through these smart spectacles!
While at first seeming like just another excuse for shaky first person visuals, the glasses come into their own throughout the movie as maps, Wikipedia, videos, social media and Skype calls all get a chance to feature in the mix.
It gives the Found Footage genre a pretty modern twist – it almost feels as if it is polishing up the process for the 2016 horror landscape!
I know what you’re thinking – that sounds pretty shit…but you’d be very wrong!!!
This so, so easily could have turned into a complete disaster but the Paz Brothers seem to have kept a lid on things in style.
The budget was limited but the CGI they managed to fit in there was excellent – it’s just a shame they couldn’t afford to put MORE of it in there!
The cinematography and the smart glasses perspective was perfectly put together from start to finish.
I only saw one real downside to the film and that was the performance from anthropologist character Kevin ( Yon Tumarkin ).
I thought that every lead actor pulled his/her weight except for this dude – I don’t know why but he really seemed to struggle with some of the scenes!
I don’t particularly like singling people out on this site but I’m afraid I couldn’t ignore his rather ‘plastic’ presence in the film at times.
But I’m probably nitpicking a little bit here – Jeruzalem had a lot more positives than negatives overall.
I’d struggle to say that this is a watchable Found Footage horror – it’s more of a watchable Found Footage adventure!
A nice surprise to stumble across late on a Thursday night…
Well worth watching!
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