Benedict Cumberbatch's voice anchors the many aerial shots in 'Jerusalem' (Photo: Arcane Pictures/Cosmic Pictu …
Audiences will soon be able to soar above the Holy Land and explore one of the oldest and most mythic cities in the world with "Jerusalem," an IMAX 3D spectacle that will be hitting the large-scale screens this fall.
"Jerusalem" puts the ancient city front and center (and often above) as it traverses a land considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, which will each be respectively represented in the film by three teenagers who call the city home. The documentary gives audiences a rare glimpse of the city fought over more than any other place in history, a place conquered and destroyed, rebuilt and reinvented repeatedly over 5,000 years.
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The film offers exclusive looks at the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, the Jordan River, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Sea of Galilee and the mountain fortress of Masada, as well as little-known parts of the region.
The 43-minute documentary's sense of majesty as it examines the intersection of science, history and religion in one enigmatic location is further enhanced by narration provided by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, whose dulcet voice brings a sense of intelligence and authority for those who know his pitch-perfect portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on the BBC series, "Sherlock" ... and a slight sense of seductive menace for those who know his recent villainous turn as Khan in "Star Trek Into Darkness."
(And, come to think of it, all of those grand aerial shots in the trailer might be considered the POV of the mighty Smaug, the dragon whom Cumberbatch will be portraying in this holiday season's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.")
"Jerusalem" will premiere in IMAX and digital 3D cinemas on September 20.
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