Movie review - The Walk
TWELVE people have walked on the moon, but only one man has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.
His name is Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt with a very convincing French accent.
Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan.
Robert Zemeckis, the director of films such as Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future, Polar Express and Flight, again uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story.
This film feels like two very different movies in one: The first half uses magic realism to portray Petit's life before 'the walk' in a similar line to French films such as Amelie (2001) and A Very Long Engagement (2004).
It all changes when Petit hits the World Trade Center's top floor and jumps on the wire.
The tone changes to one of maximum tension and almost becomes a thriller.
It had us at the edge of our seats for most of the second half.
The Walk is true big-screen cinema, a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds.
The film is a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s.
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Reviewer: Javier Encalada