Friday, September 27, 2013

Jerusalem IMAX Movie Takes You to the Holy Land

Jerusalem morning. Photo: National Geographic


For many, a vacation to the Holy Land would be a trip of a lifetime, but a trip like that just isn’t feasible for many of us. However, the new “Jerusalem” IMAX® film is the next best thing.
Opening today at the Pacific Science Center’s Boeing IMAX®, “Jerusalem” is just another example of the incredible IMAX experience. More than a travelogue, the film doesn’t just show you pretty pictures. It grabs you and plops you right in the middle of the action. If you are familiar with IMAX® movies, you know what I mean.

Presented by National Geographic Entertainment and narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch (PBS’ “Sherlock,” “Star Trek into Darkness”), this film smartly focuses on the positive aspects of the city with upbeat music. It is “hosted” by three young women which gives the film a contemporary feel rather than a dull history lesson. The incredibly clear photography will make you feel like you are really there and you might be surprised by what you can learn within the 45 minute film.

Jerusalem the city is actually quite small and yet it is the center of Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths even today. “Jerusalem” the film focuses on three young women, one representing each faith, and how the three religions live side by side. It is really quite insightful. The film also features Dr. Jodi Maness, a renowned archaeologist and how she travels underground to solve some the city’s greatest mysteries.

The film will take viewers to iconic holy sites and little-known parts of the region including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, and the mountain fortress of Masada.

Not shared in the film, but interesting to note, this movie took a long time to be created and filmed. National Geographic filmmakers had to wait about three years to receive special permission to capture images in the region’s strict no-fly zone and had to purchase advertising in the local papers announcing that they will be flying in to film the city.

The only negative found in this piece is the choice to use Cumberbatch as narrator. Though he is youthful himself, his voice and speech pattern resembles someone much older. Instead of sounding excited or impressed with what he is sharing, he sounds bored with it all, but don’t let that keep you from seeing the film. Watch the trailer below:

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