Verdict: 4 / 5
Robert Zemeckis (Director) is a great storyteller with the ability to captivate his audience with moments of ecstasy. The Walk is based on Philippe Petit’s real life high-wire walk between the World Trade Centre towers in 1974. This real life story contains all the ingredients to make a great film and Zemeckis pulls it off well.
On the 7th of August 1974, Frenchman Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) walked across a rope strung between the north and south towers of the World Trade Centre which were under construction at the time. The film tells the tale of how Philippe Petit initially started walking a tightrope and how he survived the 411.48 walk across the twin towers. The Walk has all the elements to keep you at the edge of your seat… misfortune, love, friendship, excitement and overwhelming relief.
This act of craziness was successful and made headlines around the world. It’s no wonder that the story was turned into an award-winning children’s book – Mordicai Gerstein’s The Man Who Walked between the Towers and in 2008 James Marsh’s documentary ‘Man on Wire’ won an Oscar.
The film has more good attributes than misfortunes. Joseph Gordon-Levitt executed the role of Philippe Petit very well. He is a likable character and definitely pulled off the French accent. The downside to the film was the secondary talent such as the sidekicks that helped Philippe Petit with his death-defying stunt. The characters lacked a real sense of purpose – they were too staged.
The intense preparation towards the climatic stunt was directed very well and was accompanied by the remarkable cinematography. It’s definitely one of the best 3D experiences I’ve had. It was nerve wrecking to watch Philippe Petit chase his crazy ambition. The Walk is a thrilling adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.