Documentary Movie Review: Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles (2011) #atozchallenge


Welcome to Panorama of the Mountains! My name is Liam and I enjoy watching documentary movies.  This month I will be reviewing 26 documentaries from A-to-Z!

Documentaries starting with the letter Documentaries starting with the letter R that I have previously reviewed include:

Title: Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
Release Date: August 1, 2011
Director: Jon Foy
Production Company: With Land of Missing Parts Productions
Summary/Review:

You may have seen a strange message embedded in the asphalt when walking across the street in many American cities and even in South America:

TOYNBEE IDEA
IN KUBRICK’S 2001
RESURRECT DEAD
ON PLANET JUPITER.

These Toynbee Tiles began appearing in the 1980s and have caused confusion and fascination to many.  This documentary follows a group of individuals from Philadelphia who are brought together by the mystery of the Toynbee Tiles and investigate their origins.  Their work turns up some strange clues, including a Philadelphia Inquirer article, a David Mamet play, and a shortwave radio convention.

Eventually their research leads fairly conclusively to a reclusive man who lives in South Philadelphia, who they wisely chose not to disturb.  There’s a nice contradiction to a man who’s gone to great lengths to get his inscrutable message to the world not being interested in talking about it.  The biggest a-ha moment in this movie is when they learn from neighbors that their #1 suspect had a car with missing floorboards meaning he could easily drop the Toynbee Tiles on the road without leaving his car.

Anyhow this is an interesting story about a strange phenomenon.

Rating: ***1/2