FOR REVIEW AND PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY. Charlotte Le Bon and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a scene from the movie The Walk. Supplied by Sony Pictures Australia. Please credit photo to Takashi Seida.
FOR REVIEW AND PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY. Charlotte Le Bon and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a scene from the movie The Walk. Supplied by Sony Pictures Australia. Please credit photo to Takashi Seida. TAKASHI SEIDA

Wired into a thriller worth re-telling

I'M SURE you have noticed in recent weeks (particularly here) the trend of big-budget, big-talent "true story" films sweeping through cinemas.

This isn't at all a new thing, being a staple of the Hollywood catalogue since the beginning - but what I find interesting about recent releases like Straight Outta Compton, Everest and this week's The Walk is that these are all dramatic counterparts to successful documentary films.

Taking a cue from the Academy Award-winning documentary (and much better titled) Man on Wire and the book by the film's real-life protagonist, The Walk follows French street performer Philippe Petit and his band of accomplices as he travels to 1974 New York City with a dream to walk a wire between the two towers of the under-construction World Trade Center.

Given Man on Wire's legacy as the truly great film it is, it's easy to label another big-screen adaption of what has become a wildly recognised story as simply unnecessary.

Strictly from a story perspective, there really isn't anything that new for The Walk to cover that doesn't feel forced or superfluous.

But where the talent behind The Walk really finds a new perspective is in the thrilling and uniquely cinematic visuals.

Director Robert Zemeckis' talent for beautiful and detailed use of CGI, mixed with live action performance, has never been better displayed than in this high-stakes drama.

The climax scene as Philippe sets foot on the wire, 400 metres in the air, is so lovingly crafted that it alone is enough to remind us that, no matter how it's told, this is always a story worth telling.

THE WALK

  • Release date: October 15
  • Genre: Drama
  • Running time: 123 mins
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis.
  • Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Showing at:
  • Limelight, Riverlink
  • Birch Carroll and Coyle, Ipswich
  • Reading Cinemas, Redbank
  • Star rating: 3.5/5

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