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Film Review: ‘Jerusalem’

20 March 2015 9:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jerusalem in Imax 3D with a topping of Benedict Cumberbatch — that’s a pretty big dessert of branding. The richly plummy vowels of His Royal Cumberness are mostly window dressing on this magnificently scenic but fatally bland National Geographic docu-history of one of the world’s most beautiful, bloodily contested cities. With one eye surely fixed on the spiritual tourism market, the movie’s focus is firmly on Jerusalem as the “gateway to God” for Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Those looking for a portrait of Jerusalem as the modern, politically polarized city it is today are mostly out of luck.

At 40 minutes long, “Jerusalem,” which is currently playing on giant screens around the United States, feels as though it’s hanging off the edge of some other, bigger project. In venues like the California Science Center, where the film accompanies an exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the film bowls »

- Ella Taylor

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