The Walk

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Kingsley
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Rating: B+

In 1974, a high-wire artist pulls the most riveting walk in human existence as he attempts to walk the distance between the World Trade Center towers.

Philippe Petit (Gordon-Levitt) is that madman, with a passion that drives him to perform a life-threatening feature. As a child, he was captivated by the high-wire artists at a local circus in France and has since trained himself to walk the wire. He reaches out to Papa Rudy (Kingsley) for advice on how to tie a proper knot and rig a high-wire properly.

Petit attracts accomplices who can help him achieve his dream of walking across the New York towers illegally, along with Papa Rudy’s blessing.

For a film with the main attraction of a man walking 1,300+ feet above ground, the rest of The Walk was just as intense and entertaining to watch. Gordon-Levitt as Petit talks in rapid-fire French and often enough English, but his passion speaks for itself as it takes viewers on his journey to New York.

For a majority of the movie, it feels like you are holding your breath as Petit practices his tightrope walking. As the date of his performance looms nearer and his accomplices doubt the validity of his plan working, the tension intensifies as you want to see him accomplish this act.

Then there is the moment we’ve all been waiting for: a nail-biting moment that never seems to end as hundreds of New Yorkers gaze up between the towers and watch. It is an amazing moment to witness, and even more so that this actually happened in history.

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