|Toynbee Tile located at W. 3rd St. and Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH|
Over the last twenty years, abstruse tiled messages have been appearing in the city all over eastern parts of the U.S. and some segments of South America, warning of a resurrection of the Planet Jupiter as told by the teachings of Albert Toynbee and found in Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey", or something to that effect. Largely ignored by the millions who pass over them everyday, a group of three people recently decided to seek out the one thought unsolvable authorship of the mysterious tile, whose quest is detailed in this investigative documentary. "Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles" is a fascinating documentary that goes to wildly intriguing places with its obscure topic. The material is expertly handled, with the current stages of the investigation given proper treatment, and occurrences taken place before filming being clearly explained. Even a personal touch which I initially took umbrage with eventually pays off and gives considerable weight to the story. "Resurrect Dead" is eye opening and unexpected documentary, that succeeds beyond the constraints usually associated with the genre.