Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles

2011

Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles

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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 that is more surreal than he imagined, and one that hits disturbingly close to home. -- (C) Official Site

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  • Aug 07, 2018
    Dazzling, mysterious, hypnotic and truly original and genuine documentary about one young man and his passion/obsession/quest to solve the mystery of the Toynbee Tiles. The "Toynbee Tiles" are cryptic messages glued or somehow affixed to the paved street in several cities across America (and possibly other countries, although some copycats have cropped up). This is a true mystery, and the story is told well by a unique, somewhat awkward guy who is very bright, and certainly sincere about this topic. If the mystery itself is compelling to you, this story and the different twists and turns it takes are well worth the time. I've seen this movie several times and I still enjoy it. It does run out of gas before it ends, and the actual ending is forced and, I feel, manufactured. But it doesn't change the fact that this phenomenon is a truly bizarre mystery.
    Mark H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2015
    Resurrect Dead is not a bad documentary, but it is underwhelming relative to many of the reviews posted. I was expecting something more entertaining in an X-Files way with more effort put into trying to understand what do these weird signs mean. If it were done that way then that would build more suspense as to who it is and what is their purpose. As it is, the documentary is alright but more for a look into the investigative process of a few amateur sleuths. Really more of a reality TV show than a film.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2012
    More than anything else, this film is absolutely fascinating to watch and I think that is the most striking thing about the movie itself, I'm not sure I can exactly call it great, I don't know but somehow I just don't feel comfortable doing that. I did know about Toynbee Idea tiles dating back a couple of years, but it was mostly just casual, I didn't do a whole lot of research past a Wikipedia search, or some Cracked articles, so this movie is especially informative if you're looking for a more detailed account of the entire conspiracy. The movie also does a great job at researching and putting together the closest thing to the truth as is humanly possible without actually confirming it. The movie, and realistically if you've followed the case you already know this, doesn't exactly answer the question of who actually came up with this but I don't think that that's something that you can hold against the filmmakers themselves. Some professional critics' negative reviews, somehow, use the unanswered questions against the movie itself. I just don't see how that's a valid point when reviewing a documentary. It seems so absurd. I'd understand if the investigation wasn't up to par and the movie just came across as amateurs trying to figure out a mystery. But these people did about as good a job trying to figure this out as is possible, so I'm not going to hold it against them that they didn't confirm the identity of the man who started leaving the tiles. And I think that not finding out the identity in the film sort of adds to the mystery itself, and especially when you see the end of the movie, or close to the end. I'm not gonna spoil anything, but there's a certain moment just as the movie is ending that is tremendous. I was genuinely surprised. The movie does also take a good look at Justin Duerr and his obsession with the tiles and there are certain parallels between his life and the man he believes to be the culprit of the Toynbee Idea tiles. Again, this movie is incredibly fascinating, mystery documentary. I'd definitely recommend this film if you like trying to figure out a good mystery.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2012
    The investigators' tenacity inspired me, and their deep empathy with the introspection and paranoia of the Toynbee tiler. Their conjecture is a satisfying enough explanation of the "Toynbee idea, Kubrick's 2001, resurrect dead on planet Jupiter" for me. Their proposed idea is so big and philosophical, that it's worth the wait.
    Letitia L Super Reviewer

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