Zombie films

‘Jeruzalem’: A religious take on the first-person, found-footage zombie films

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By Dakota Cantwell

Following a common trend in horror movies, “Jeruzalem” brings another first-person, found-footage zombie film to the table, but adds in a religious twist. Despite its best efforts, the film cannot overcome its laughable accents and, often, poor-quality CGI.

Following two American Jewish girls as they travel to Israel, the film documents the story of a biblical apocalypse of zombies that breaks out in the old city of Jerusalem. The two Americans, joined by archaeologist wanna be Kevin Reed (Yon Tumarkin), must find a way out of the city as it falls into chaos amid flying zombie and risen Goliath.

Starting with an interesting the idea of using Google Glass as the filming device instead of a GoPro, the films had lots of potential to offer a refreshing take on the found footage genre. Unfortunately, “Jeruzalem” offers little more than a refreshing take and an interesting thought: what if the zombie apocalypse was biblical.

The movie stars Danielle Jadelyn as Sarah Pullman and Yael Grobglas as her friend Rachel Klein. Grobglas, an Israeli born actress, is the only performer on this cast that holds much on her resume worth mentioning, including parts on tv series like “Reign” and “Jane the Virgin”. Still, even with what little acting ability Grobglas brought to the screen, she could not carry the rest of the film’s, at times, laugh out loud acting. The worst of all being the accent of Tumarkin as he portrays the want to be archaeologist obsessed with the idea of religious zombies.

The zombies of this film are wild imaginations of winged demons and other unusual versions including the resurrected Goliath from the bible. The zombies on the screen were presented in the form of poor CGI that, from afar, were tolerable but when they run toward the camera become painfully awful.

To compensate for the poor quality CGI, much of these scenes take place extremely dark settings and, at time, scenes with no light at all.

The only redeeming quality of this film is the use of a variety of settings that help to make the story feel slightly possible. The variety of sights feel real as the group both tours and flees through the city of Jerusalem.

Ultimately, “Jeruzalem” cannot overcome its many, many faults and ends up feeling like an interesting idea that fades into the background with so many other terrible found footage horror films, leaving more of a laughable impression than any form of terror.

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