DEAD RIS­ING

The zom­bie movie gets a smart tech twist in Jeruza­lem

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Google Glass might not have quite cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion… but it’s risen from the al­most- dead thanks to a new Is­raeli apoc­a­lyp­tic zom­bie movie. Jeruza­lem, di­rected by Tel Aviv- based brothers Yoav and Doron Paz, uses the tech to tell an end- of- the- world story Cloverfield- style.

Amer­i­can tourists Sarah and Rachel head for a party- fu­elled hol­i­day in Jerusalem, fall­ing in with slightly nerdy Kevin who per­suades them to leave the well- trod paths for a look at the real Holy City af­ter dark… just as the un­dead re­turn.

“We wanted to make a hor­ror movie set in Jerusalem for years,” says Doron Paz. “But we wanted to show the real Jerusalem, not just ones that the travel shows por­tray.”

Jerusalem has been in­vaded by the un­dead be­fore of course – in the Brad Pitt- led World War Z. But that’s some­thing of a stand­ing joke among Is­raelites. “When the he­li­copter flies up you can see the ocean,” laughs Doron. “You can’t see the ocean any­where from Jerusalem!”

The de­sire to show the “real” city led to some lo­gis­ti­cal prob­lems, how­ever. “You can’t just close down the Wail­ing Wall or the Holy City for shoot­ing, so we had to do it guer­rilla- style.”

He adds: “Us­ing smart glasses for the POV gave us a whole new layer… it’s tra­di­tional sto­ry­telling com­bined with mod­ern tech­nol­ogy.”

Jeruza­lem ar­rives on UK dig­i­tal on 28 March 2016 and DVD/ Blu- ray on 4 April.

The movie utilises Jerusalem’s set­ting, mythol­ogy and his­tory.

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