Robert Zemeckis has forged a career from never being far from the latest in cinematic technology, and following forays into performance capture animation, he now makes his bow into live-action 3D filmmaking here.
Gordon-Levitt’s accent as French high wire artist Philippe Petit is as wobbly as the titular walk, but it’s the wobbles that you’re here to see.
The death-defying act seemingly lends itself well to a big screen adaptation but due to a lack of story to mine from, its 123 mins play flat – despite the depth supplied from its strong use of 3D.
For a more compelling depiction of Petit’s act, look no further than Man on Wire. The most you’re going to truly feel from The Walk is a bout of vertigo.
CAST: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale
DIRECTOR: Robert Zemeckis
WRITER: Robert Zemeckis
SYNOPSIS: In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit (Gordon-Levitt) recruits a team of people to help him realise his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.