Towards the end of 2014, we got our very first look atThe Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
The film, directed by Robert Zemeckis, is a telling of the 1970 event when Philippe Petit and a team of conspirators strung a wire between the World Trade Center towers in New York City so that Petit could perform a high-wire walk hundreds of feet above ground. The highly illegal act makes for a promising movie since there is drama, heist, and death-defying stunt elements in the film. Check out the trailer below.
While the new footage is great, the film in no way can be compared to the likes of Man on Wire, the documentary that covered the same events. Still, bringing this momentous event to life is a bit breathtaking, especially since the magic of CGI along with IMAX technology is putting audiences in Petit’s shoes.
American actors doing a foreign accent can be a bit challenging, and most of the time ends up being the subject of mockery because it was done so poorly. Here Gordon-Levitt seems to have the French accent down, so it shouldn’t be a much of a bother to anyone.
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. 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 such marvels 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. With innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry, 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, but most of all, to the Towers of the World Trade Center.