Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles (2011)
Average Rating: 6.2/10
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Strangeness is afoot. Most people don't notice the hundreds of cryptic tiled messages about resurrecting the dead that have been appearing in city streets over the past three decades. But Justin Duerr does. For years, finding an answer to this long-standing urban mystery has been his obsession. He has been collecting clues that the tiler has embedded in the streets of major cities across the U.S. and South America. But as Justin starts piecing together key events of the past he finds a story
Sep 2, 2011 Limited
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Filmmaker Jon Foy sets it to a thriller's pace, even contributing his own fateful score.
This doc is interesting not because of the explanation, but because of the investigation.
Riveting, innovative and provocative are just three of the adjectives that never occurred to me while watching the documentary "Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles."
Without a satisfying resolution, the movie ultimately sheds very little light on its own subject.
...a skillful yet fairly ordinary festival film that tells a moderately intriguing story ...
If you know nothing about the tiles, the film might play like an urban mini-thriller. It's never entirely satisfying, however, and the filmmakers seem to run out of steam before their story is told.
Resurrect Dead is a consideration of how the material world can intersect with imagined worlds.
A terrific sleeper doc that somehow finds a way of pulling you into its investigation and makes you wonder about what drives people to do the things they do.
The testimony we hear from suspects' neighbors and similarly curious media underlings feels muted, like a halfhearted repetition.
Detective documentaries, those that themselves attempt to unlock mysteries or follow subjects who do, can be some of the most satisfying to watch, and Resurrect Dead is no exception.
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