The eagerly-awaited U2 3D hits the BFI IMAX this week with a promise to its viewers of a cinematic experience never seen before.
The film showcases rock super-group U2 performing live on the final leg of their acclaimed 2005/06 Vertigo tour. But as the first live-action 3D movie, U2 3D goes beyond the conventional concert film by using cutting-edge 3D technology to bring alive the concert to its audience, with 3D glasses needing to be worn to maximise the effects.
19 cameras were used in total and over 100 hours of footage was shot to make an 84-minute film. Such extensive filming means the film enables the viewer to watch the concert at different angles both on the stage and in the audience, allowing the viewer to get as close to the group as realistically possible in the process.
For those who have never experienced a U2 concert, this really is a good opportunity to find out why U2 are renowned for their live performances, but without the hassle of getting to and from the concert, and without the sweat and massive crowds. The film does live up to its promise of allowing its cinematic audience to be a part of a theatrical spectacle and more. Do catch this while you can.