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The Walk


The Walk is the remarkable true story of a young dreamer, Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and a band of unlikely recruits who together achieve the impossible: an illegal wire walk in the immense void between the World Trade Centre towers. With little more than nerve and blind ambition, Petit and his ragtag crew overcome daunting physical obstacles, betrayals, countless close calls and overwhelming odds to beat the system and execute their mad plan.

Let’s start on a positive note! This is a truly spectacular experience at the cinema – one of the most successful movies to be shot in 3D and for the IMAX, I was on the edge of my seat when Philippe steps onto the wire, and even experienced a touch of vertigo!

However, that is it’s only real ‘win’... The Walk is filled with poor decisions that left me disappointed with a plethora of mediocre characters, and cheesy subtext.

The biggest faux-pas (sorry!), and the downfall of this film was to cast the talented, but American Joseph Gordon–Levitt as the Frenchman, Philippe. However hard Gordon-Levitt prepared to learn French – it stood out awkwardly alongside the native speakers, and thus his characterisation did not ring true. His ridiculous and unnecessary contact lenses did not help matters either, and Philippe became somewhat of a caricature rather than a real man. Why Hollywood can’t realise that the film would sell on its content and IMAX experience, and not a big US star is beyond me, as it took away so much from what could have been an authentic and truly gripping film.

Saying that – I did enjoy myself. As I said before – this film is a great ‘experience’ rather that a great film in itself. Which is a shame, because it really could have been both with some braver choices. Rating: 
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UK Release Date: 
Friday, October 2, 2015
USA Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2015