The man who walked on a tight rope between the World Trade Centre towers may not be a familiar to all, but Philippe Petit’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) story is legendary. This tight-rope walk is the subject matter of books, films and even TED talks.
The Walk is retold by director and writer Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump), a master of all that is new in the realm of CGI technology. Such skills in CGI are a critical component to telling this magical tale, because he must reproduce the height and expanse of Petit’s illegal project that spans between the World Trade Centre.
A rag-tag crew of risk takers help Petit undertake the seemingly impossible project of crossing the void between these man-made giants on a high wire. With the guidance of Petit’s mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), the international crew members get creative, so that Petit can attempt the crossing without any safety nets or harnesses. This true-to-life story provides drama, artistry and humour which builds to the intrigue and tension generated by watching a high-wire performer. The Walk also provides a beautiful testament to The World Trade Centre and ’70s New York City.