Jeruzalem (2016)


An Israeli found-footage horror movie about winged demons invading Jerusalem.

My father introduced me to this film. He likes horror and I saw this as a good opportunity to review a horror film. Or, at least, a found footage film. I think going in completely blind really helped too because in this way I could not form any preconceptions about the film and any fears that arose as a result of the film would be genuine.

And…

It wasn’t that bad. I can’t believe I’m being so judicious about a horror film – and a found footage horror film at that – but it really wasn’t that bad. However, while it wasn’t completely awful it wasn’t fantastic either.

Using oft-repeated tropes, this film comes across as having something more due to being mostly filmed using a device similar to Google Glass. This hands-free filming style gives more to the narrative than the shaky found footage. For example, as the true horror of the winged demons is revealed, the up-close and personal camera work showed promise for the film’s underlying plot development, showing details lacking in the usual filming style.

Character development is non-existent. The main protagonists are more stereotypes than anything else but left me indifferent and I didn’t really care about what happened to any of them. Following the tropes of horror, I knew that the blond Rachel (Yael Grobglas) would ultimately perish due to her status as sexual female.

That being said, while the build up was good the ending was quite disappointing and a bit of a let-down in what could have been quite an OK movie. My ultimate consensus is that this film is better without any prior understanding of the film itself, and the use of Google Glass was clever but not really all that exciting.

MY RATING: **.5 / *****

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