The Walk (2015)

The Walk
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writer: Robert Zemeckis, Christopher Browne
Based on: Philippe Petit‘s memoir To Reach The Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between The Twin Towers
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le BonClément SibonyCésar Domboy, Ben Kingsley, Steve Valentine, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Benedict Samuel
Seen on: 11.11.2015

Philippe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a tightrope walker and he dreams of doing something daring, more daring than anybody would think possible. When he sees the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York for the first time, he is dead set on walking between them. And he knows that his time is limited – once they will have finished construction on the towers, the feat will be impossible to pull off. So Philippe gathers his co-conspirators and starts preparing.

The Walk is an entertaining film that suffers from the fact that the documentary Man on Wire covered the same ground and at least equally as entertaining. It’s not bad to watch, but the 3D doesn’t really make it better than the original documentary.

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Man on Wire (2008)

Man on Wire is the Oscar winning documentary about Philippe Petit and his tightrope walk between the two World Trade Center towers in the 70s.

The movie follows the preparations for the stunt, and of course the walk itself. But it also dissects Petit’s character and his selfishness, which ultimately destroys his friendships with the people around him, who helped him stage all this.

It’s an extraordinary documentary, not only capturing the beauty of the walk itself, but also the surrounding people perfectly, making us feel like we were there ourselves.


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