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'U2 3D' almost puts you on stage with band

The Baltimore Sun

A concert film featuring one of the world's premier rock bands in top form, shot using cutting-edge technology that gives the audience a better-than-front-row seat. What's not to love?

U2 3D, opening this afternoon at the Maryland Science Center's IMAX theater, uses updated 3-D technology to give the viewer not only unrestricted access to the band in concert, but also access unavailable to anything without wings. It's not enough that you get to have Bono practically reach out and clutch your hand during "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" and practically sit on The Edge's shoulder as he clangs out the power chords that propel "Sunday, Bloody Sunday." You also get to watch from above as drummer Larry Mullen pounds out the beat to "Pride (In the Name of Love)," or hover just above the crowd as the four band members spread out onto separate ministages, surrounding the crowd and creating the intimacy their powerfully soulful music demands.

U2 3D (National Geographic Films) Starring Bono, The Edge. Directed by Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington. Rated G. Time 85 minutes.

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