Jeruzalem a Found Footage flick, which presents its own set of unique problems, but it's one that felt the need to jump on the "technology appearing on-screen" bandwagon, which does it no favors either.
We didn't hate the movie, but all of the Facebook posts, text messages, random songs, Wikipedia, cat videos, etc... all popping up on-screen at different times got annoying, and felt like a cheap gimmick after about 10 minutes.
#Horror, L.A. Slasher, and Unfriended all utilized that crap to different degrees, and in different ways, and they all sucked.
Jeruzalem reminded us more of its Apocalyptic Found Footage kin As Above, So Below (which we actually liked) than it did any of those aforementioned travesties though, so at least there's that.
|YOU DUMB, DUMB AMERICAN GIRL.|
|LIVING THE STEREOTYPE.|
Shaky-Cam Armageddon ensues.
|SO, THAT'S LIKE A BIBLICAL STD OR SOMETHING, RIGHT?|
The Demons in this movie looked pretty cool, and whatever that massive, Cloverfield-like Demon that was roaming the streets was awesome (too bad they didn't do more with that.)
We also liked how the movie used Smart Glass as the device to make its First Person POV aspects a bit more believable. The movie still fell victim to the usual "Why are they still filming?!?" trope that drives us endlessly mad, but at least it felt more plausible here.
|THAT THING WAS AWESOME.|
It really annoys us when people in a Horror movie act as if they've never seen a Horror movie before. Has one of the Gates of Hell opened up nearby, and are you being chased by the Demons that are pouring out of it? Well, no need for silence while you're trying to avoid them and hide, because maybe they're deaf or something. Go ahead and talk loudly, maybe even scream. There's nothing unrealistic about that.
Dumb, unrealistic decisions were made by the characters throughout.
|EXACTLY. SHUT UP!|
That's only one example, but things like that happen throughout the movie.
I get that it's a POV-style movie, and only seeing what she sees in front of her would get old pretty quick, but that doesn't excuse how cheap and gimmicky it felt at times.
|SO SHE SET HER GLASSES ON THE GROUND, FACING UPWARDS?|
|FACT: ISRAELI SPECIAL FORCES ARE SO GOOD THAT THEY DON'T EVEN LOOK AT WHAT THEY'RE SHOOTING AT.|
|SURE, DAD. SHE'S SLEEPING. RIGHT.|
If you don't mind the issues that are present in most Found Footage/POV flicks, then this one is decent enough for you to rent.
Jeruzalem is available now in Limited Theatrical release, and on VOD.
Yael Grobglas is in this. She's also got her own little Horror Hottie post right over HERE.