Sunday, 18 October 2015

THE WALK

In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. — IMDB

There’s nothing worth watching in this movie until the last act when Philippe Petit and his co-conspirators actually arrive at the top of the Twin Towers and he steps out onto the wire. The preparation at the top is relatively suspenseful and the wire walk is mesmerising and tense. The 3D is used brilliantly to accentuate the height of the walk and I had a knot in my stomach while it was happening even though I knew it was acting!

The rest of the movie, up until the last act, is very boring, overacted, with almost no dramatic tension. And worse than all of this, is the incredibly irritating narration! From the opening shots, Philippe is standing on the top of the Statue of Liberty, telling us just about everything that is happening while we see it happening on screen. Doesn’t the director think we can work out what we are seeing?!

If you feel that watching one-third of a movie in 3D is worth the money, then go see it. Otherwise give it a miss or wait for the DVD.


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