For 30 years now strange plaques have been appearing on streets throughout North and South America. With a strange message believed to reference Arnold Toynbee and the resurrection of the dead on planet Jupiter, the origins of these plaques is a mystery.
Cast as themselves: Justin Duerr, Colin Smith, Steve Weinik.
Becoming interested in the Toynbee Tiles, Director Jon Foy connects with Justin Duerr and a documentary is born. Justin has been following the Toynbee Tiles sightings for years trying to piece together the cryptic messages and determine their origin. As Justin researches, he comes in contact with Colin and Steve who are also trying to unravel the mystery. The story is presented well and despite being a somewhat dry subject, the story generates very good audience interest. The conclusions Justin comes to in the end are surprisingly logical and plausible but still somewhat disappointing after extensive build-up.
As a documentary acting was minimal here, though Justin delivered his message well.
Camera work, sets, backgrounds were minimalistic and natural. Extensive photos of tiles over the years were good. CGI showing timelines, potential characters, and dissection of the tiles was good and added greatly to the film. Dialogue was better than expected, as was sound and soundtrack.
Overall Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles is an entertaining social documentary that takes a mild mystery and builds it up very well. The film holds interest better than expected and does a reasonable job of trying to remain objective. Real life mystery fans will likely enjoy this one quite a bit.
There is nothing in the film to limit audience age.
Overall Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 2 out of 5
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