U2 3D (U)

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Time Out rating:

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Time Out says

Tue Feb 19 2008

According to music industry types, most 12- to 34-year-olds never pay for their music; they just visit free ‘torrent’ sites to download an artist’s complete back catalogue in one go.

So how do you get them to cough up? Live performance is one way, but that only raises so much. Better to film the concert – preferably in 3-D to give it extra oomph – then chuck it at the big screen. Voila! More bums on seats, more cash in the coffers. ‘U2 3D’ was filmed over several nights during the group’s 2004 Vertigo tour of Latin America.

It’s an impressively slick production set on a huge stage that extends way into the audience, allowing Bono to strut his stuff as if he owns the place. A selection of props and a backdrop of imagery accompanies the competently played songs (14 in all) to atmospheric effect, but some of the more full-bodied 3-D shots make the band look like toy models.

Bono, meanwhile, should refrain from ramming his preachy political meanderings down our throats and let the music do the talking. Even if some of that music becomes a little stultifying.

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Rated:

U

UK release:

Fri Feb 22, 2008

Duration:

85 mins

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Director:

Catherine Owens, Mark Pellington

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patrick

Asking Bono to refrain from keeping his preachy meanderings to himself is like asking you to quit spewing out your sh*tty reviews week in and WEAK out. It's all about the audience and both of you seem to have found one in your own way so your point is mute. Meanwhile, U2's rocks on!

patrick

Asking Bono to refrain from keeping his preachy meanderings to himself is like asking you to quit spewing out your sh*tty reviews week in and WEAK out. It's all about the audience and both of you seem to have found one in your own way so your point is mute. Meanwhile, U2's rocks on!

Jack

I liked the movie, but like the reviewer, I don't think it quite captures what it's like to be at a U2 show. OTOH, I don't think I'd get much of a kick from a Motley Crue show (even if flying panties and 3D bouncing boobs would look better than Bono ;). I'm not sure what they'd have to do to make it more like a U2 show, but my guess is getting the audience in the theater to participate would go a long way.

Jack

I liked the movie, but like the reviewer, I don't think it quite captures what it's like to be at a U2 show. OTOH, I don't think I'd get much of a kick from a Motley Crue show (even if flying panties and 3D bouncing boobs would look better than Bono ;). I'm not sure what they'd have to do to make it more like a U2 show, but my guess is getting the audience in the theater to participate would go a long way.

critique

Impressive 3-D film. Ignore the Time Out reviewer`s highly personal anti-Bono comments. If you like U2, you`ll enjoy this.

Jeff Sommar

Oh, you didn't feel the shared experience of a live concert? Well maybe that's because you went to a movie, douche bag.

Jeff Sommar

Oh, you didn't feel the shared experience of a live concert? Well maybe that's because you went to a movie, douche bag.

Johnny

This guy Rothkopf is truly a dickhead! Motley Crue!... flying panties! I mean... really! Better than a tribute to MLK?!! No wonder people think our culture is imploding. BTW, this is NOT a corporate film, but an independently produced film, and it rocks. Lazy ass journalism!

Johnny

This guy Rothkopf is truly a dickhead! Motley Crue!... flying panties! I mean... really! Better than a tribute to MLK?!! No wonder people think our culture is imploding. BTW, this is NOT a corporate film, but an independently produced film, and it rocks. Lazy ass journalism!