Monday, June 27, 2011

Silverdocs - Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles

One of my other favorites at Silverdocs was Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles. The film follows three guys as they try to solve the mystery of bizarre linoleum tiles that were appearing in the middle of the road (they were actually embedded in the street - not just sitting on the road). Tiles with “Toynbee Idea in Movie 2001. Resurrect Dead on Planet Jupiter,” or some variation of this strange saying, have been appearing for almost 30 years in DC, Philadelphia, New York, St. Louis, Boston and even as far away as Brazil.

Told as a gripping mystery, the film follows the three amateur detectives on their journey as they try to figure out how these tiles get embedded in the street (sometimes they're even on highways), who is putting them there and what they mean. The "detectives" themselves are pretty interesting guys, each having their own reasons to be almost obsessed with these tiles and finding out who is behind them. Needless to say, a very interesting story that will keep you thinking throughout the whole film.

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