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U2 3D

U2 3D
Starring:
Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr.


Rated: G 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: January 23, 2008 Released by: ITD

The untraditional Irish rock group U2 has a soaring, lacerating approach in their music and in the concert film U2 3D. It's a must-see for fans who've never witnessed them live.

The quartet, which consists of politically-inclined, charismatic vocalist "Bono" (Hewson), guitarist "The Edge" (Evans), bassist Adam Clayton, and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr., has a way to arouse an audience through a knife-edged energy.

The first ever live-action digital 3D film captures the final leg of their "Vertigo" tour in 2006 with cutting-edge, even overpowering imagery, notably in the early reels.

The group has been documented on screen in Rattle and Hum to great effect, the result here is that this progressive ensemble continues to amaze as authoritative artists able to create a splendid celebration.

The state-of-the-art presentation hardly distances the performers from the audience as mostly seen in an Argentina stadium with about half the songs of a typical performance. Here, the parts don't outshine the sum of a unit with unique balance and presence as the viewer is often right next to Bono, The Edge, or Clayton. A little vertigo is apt on an overshot shot of Mullen coolly handling his drumsticks. The 3-D, though, sharply immerses one into a groovy sightline into an effortless gracefulness on stage as songs like "One" and "With Or Without You" seem to have a deeper meaning to them.

An opportunity to catch this nearly 90-minute feature may leave die-hards wanting more, but, more importantly, here is an intimate fusion of technology and performance that seems to be elevated to much more than a live frenzy.

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