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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
U
Cast
Bono
The Edge
Adam Clayton
Larry Mullen Jr..
Directors
Catherine Owens
Mark Pellington.
Screenwriters
Running Time
85 minutes

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U2 3D
It's a viewtiful day...


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Plot
Bono and the boys take on the thrid dimension with this film from the Vertigo tour.


Review
U2 3D
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Probably the world’s finest live act, U2 have procured the latest 3-D technology for this splendid take on their recent Vertigo tour, treating us to robust versions of their most accessible songs.

Theatrical, political, emotional and absurdist, here is a band who feel nothing is beyond them. Mercifully, the directors treat the 3-D as tool rather than gimmick. We don’t get protruding guitar necks, but an astonishing depth of field capturing the electrifying hugeness of the U2 stadium gig, and the intimacy Bono finds with his gaga audience.

Not for this outing Rattle & Hum’s self-conscious intermissions, just U2 in their pomp putting other bands to shame.


Verdict
It's not for nothing that these guys are the world's finest live act.


Reviewed by Ian Nathan

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Wake up in the dream.

Breathless! The greatest experience i've had on the cinema. U2 rocks! They're the best rock band ever. Probably the greatest show on earth ever made! (Of course, since Woodstock and Kyliefever 2002 on Manchester) ... More

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Posted by nc_jj at 04:09, 06 October 2008 | Report This Post


This was one of the best things i've ever seen at the cinema. A must see if your even a slightest fan of U2 ... More

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Posted by yodaami at 15:42, 17 July 2008 | Report This Post


are you sweating?

U2 3D is the first concert film to be made using the latest digital 3-D technology. Its directors, Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington, had all the latest tricks of the trade at their disposal – and more cameras than the Edge has guitars. The closing concerts of the Vertigo Tour in South America provided a hundred hours of footage, which was boiled down to the best 85 minutes. The film successfully creates the impression that you are on the stage or surrounded by a frenzied audience. Quite... More

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Posted by Malpertuis at 10:21, 15 April 2008 | Report This Post


i saw this recently and loved it. this may be because i'm easily amused but i guenuinly love it. the best bits were the hands 'cause they seemed to come out and touch it my aunt and uncle loved it too. ... More

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Posted by ilovechickflicks at 19:17, 09 March 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Nothing Special.

If you like or love U2 you have to see this is it is awsome! `ve never had the chance to see them live but I would say this is the next best thing. With the surround sound and stunning 3D visuals with Bono reaching out to you its just amazing. This is the future of concert films the way to see them. It also looks like the crowd in 3D are with you too (I was in the front row!) Go see. 5/5.  ... More

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Posted by Cruisecontroller at 11:02, 03 March 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Nothing Special.

U2 pretty much evented the live gig as it is today. If you can't be arsed seeing them live, go and see this film and witness the power they have over a crowd. ... More

Posted by Vadersville at 22:49, 02 March 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Nothing Special.

It weren't that quiet, and I was far from underwhelmed by the end, in fact I was over-over whelmed  ... More

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Posted by DJ Rob C: Mark II! at 19:29, 02 March 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Nothing Special.

L: tomhemingwaycom This film has a lot to live up to. They are one of the greatest live acts, have a great variety of songs to choose and people want to see the best possible use of 3-D. The first thing wrong with it is that the sound was too quiet and it felt like you could have really watched on a home cinema system on your sofa rather than going to the movies to see it. The concert has a great choice of songs but the band have seemed to rely on the 3-D too much which loses the energy of... More

Posted by lamby at 17:23, 02 March 2008 | Report This Post


Nothing Special.

This film has a lot to live up to. They are one of the greatest live acts, have a great variety of songs to choose and people want to see the best possible use of 3-D. The first thing wrong with it is that the sound was too quiet and it felt like you could have really watched on a home cinema system on your sofa rather than going to the movies to see it. The concert has a great choice of songs but the band have seemed to rely on the 3-D too much which loses the energy of the concert and leaves y... More

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Posted by tomhemingwaycom at 12:56, 02 March 2008 | Report This Post


RE: U2 - alright. 3D - quite good. *meh*

Simply stunning, I saw U2 do this gig at Manchester and this is maybe not the same but it was a bit closer than where I was sat right at the back  was worried Bono was trying to touch my head at one point too Anyways, awesome stuff, and powerful aswell 5/5 ... More

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Posted by DJ Rob C: Mark II! at 15:53, 01 March 2008 | Report This Post


RE: U2 - alright. 3D - quite good. *meh*

Just got back from seeing this with my friend. What a fabulous experience it was. The 3D effects were simply stunning and created the most cystal clear image ive ever seen on screen. It was like being at the concert myself and i could not fault it one bit. The crowd interaction and enthusiasm definitely added to the whole experience as well.   What made it that little bit special was due to the lateness of the showing there was noone else at the screening except my friend and... More

Posted by lamby at 01:15, 29 February 2008 | Report This Post


RE: U2 - alright. 3D - quite good. *meh*

Saw this at Waterloo last night and thought it was fabulous. I was in the Heart at Slane and this was almost as good! OK, Bono's a drama queen but that's expected and Edge was so close I almost offered him a bit of my sandwich. The crowd was incredibly "real" (even if Argentinian girls don't shave their armpits;)   We got a Dinosaur trailer first which was pretty scary. ... More

Posted by Mrs.Doyle at 17:27, 23 February 2008 | Report This Post


U2 - alright. 3D - quite good. *meh*

I quite like U2, but wouldn't consider myself a fan. I did like this film of their wee Argentinian gig, though. You'd have no chance of getting so near to the band even as a VIP ticket holder! There were a few seasick moments with over-choppy editing which detracted from the lovely 3D-ness quite badly, but overall, unless you really loathe U2, it's worth your fiver just for a look at the new technology. When used well, it was actually quite intimate and realistic, better than most concert foota... More

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Posted by babylion at 14:41, 23 February 2008 | Report This Post


RE: SHOCK HORROR!!!

sorry to dissapoint you piles, but the U2 -movie is not going to be released on dvd! At least that is what the director and the band says. You might want to change your mind on this one! I just saw it yesterday and loved it, made want to be there in flesh and blood!   regards ... More

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Posted by SailorOrion at 22:01, 22 February 2008 | Report This Post


Re: U23D

Saw the film last night & we were blown away. The concert, the HUGE screen & sound system, and the very real 3D added up to something spectacular. You should only review the film if you've seen it?! ... More

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Posted by matthewb98 at 16:40, 22 February 2008 | Report This Post


UTURD

Unfortunately I had to sit through them live and they are not even close to that title - Empire have had a nightmare. Most overrated band of all time. ... More

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Posted by djimi42 at 16:20, 22 February 2008 | Report This Post


RE: SHOCK HORROR!!!

Going to see this at IMAX tomorrow night. I look forward to seeing what effect the 3D has. We can all argue about who the greatest band is until the cows come home and never agreee. I would  say though, that seeing U2 at Slane Castle  back in 2001 was probably the best live concert I had ever been to certainly equalling seeing Led Zep at the Albert Hall and more recently Springsteen at the O2. ... More

Posted by Mrs.Doyle at 16:22, 21 February 2008 | Report This Post


RE: SHOCK HORROR!!!

What has any of that George Lucas stuff got to do with U2?!   I'm a huge U2 fan, and I'll definitley be getting this once it hits DVD. ... More

Posted by Piles at 10:49, 21 February 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Empire should stick to movies.

L: RevolloveR I don't mind U2, Achtung Baby is awesome, but finest live act in the world? No. Just no. They haven't done anything good in a long time. I could name 20 better live bands than them. sp; Ok i need to know one thing....have you actually seen U2 live??? If you havent how on earth can you say there are 20 other bands better?These people above saying such and such is better have most likely never seen U2 live. I personally dont believe they are the best however i can say ... More

Posted by lamby at 01:28, 21 February 2008 | Report This Post


Empire should stick to movies.

I don't mind U2, Achtung Baby is awesome, but finest live act in the world? No. Just no. They haven't done anything good in a long time. I could name 20 better live bands than them. ... More

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Posted by RevolloveR at 00:33, 20 February 2008 | Report This Post


fine film

It's funny how so many people are posting reviews of a film they have yet to see, and then their reviews are based on whether they are U2 fans or not. I was lucky enough to see and advanced screening. U2 fan or not this movie certainly pushes the boundaries of concert film making. ... More

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Posted by AfricanBluebird at 13:01, 19 February 2008 | Report This Post


Finest Live act in the world?

please review your statement, then go out and see any of the following; Arcade Fire, Muse, Foo Fighters, David Bowie, Mogwai, Super Furry Animals, Chemical Brothers, 65daysofstatic etc. no bath in how wrong you are. will someone please stop buying the middle of the road crap U2 make? honestly. ... More

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Posted by welshartist at 12:59, 19 February 2008 | Report This Post


SHOCK HORROR!!!

Empire love U2! That's almost as big a shock as them giving whatever crap Lucas next farms out at least 4 stars, well initially anyway before they start there now famous back paddling with the old chesnut of "one person opinion, yadda, yadda, yadda". I'm sure if Dirty Harry read this he'd say "Opinions are like arseholes..... and so are most of the reviewing staff at Empire". I'll give Empire this though they maybe predictable but always good for a chuckle and inciting a mini... More

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Posted by adam voorhees at 00:28, 19 February 2008 | Report This Post


They are the best live act in the world!

I saw them live in Chicago in 2005, and brought the dvd for that concert. But too be honest you had to be there, the dvd is fantastic, but its obviously better if your there. You can only really judge if you have seen them live. So people stop saying "oh these are better" blah, blah, blah. You have no opinion on this until you go see them live. ... More

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Posted by will91 at 20:51, 18 February 2008 | Report This Post


RE: U2 3D

Only Henry Rollins has the ability to put his hatred of U2 into words.  I could try but it would never come off quite as well.  check out his spoken word tour for confirmation. I hope this link works: #008000]www.last.fm/music/b]+te+/color] ... More

Posted by dougtherugg at 13:08, 18 February 2008 | Report This Post


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