As a boy, Philippe Petit dreams of performing daring feats for dazzled crowds. As an adult (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), his life's ambition comes true when he becomes a high-wire artist who stares death in the face with every step. Under the guidance of mentor Papa Rudy, the daredevil devises a plan to walk on a tightrope attached...more
As a boy, Philippe Petit dreams of performing daring feats for dazzled crowds. As an adult (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), his life's ambition comes true when he becomes a high-wire artist who stares death in the face with every step. Under the guidance of mentor Papa Rudy, the daredevil devises a plan to walk on a tightrope attached to the north and south towers of the World Trade Center. With help from his team and against all odds, Petit attempts the seemingly impossible stunt on Aug. 7, 1974. less
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This film is based on an actual event which took place in USA in 1974 when a young man Phillip Petit successfully walked on a wire stretched between the World trade centre twin towers. Another film on the same subject was made in 2008. One can really understand the predicament of the director firstly because this project presented a huge challenge and secondly making it as serious drama would make it very heavy for the average audience.That probably accounts for the light and comic touch given to the film to balance the edge of the seat excitement of the other scenes.
Director Robert Zemeckis who is pioneer in such unusual subjects does it again and deserves full credit for taking up this tough assignment.He very skillfully makes the audience a part of the exercise.This audacious attempt of wire walking at this height without a safety net is indeed thrilling and the 3D effects are awesome to say the least. A jaw dropping spectacle not recommended for the faint hearted and those with vertigo.The cameraman is the true hero of the film. Mad,crazy, insane, audacious are some words which come to mind while describing the protagonist who dares to fulfill his dream of wire walking at that height of the 110 storey tower between two buildings 140 feet apart.
Our young frenchman (Joseph Gordon Levitt) first sees photos of the world trade centre towers under last stages of construction when he is in a in a dentist's clinic in Paris and this is exactly the opportunity he is looking for though he knows it is not only dangerous but illegal too. He says that it would be the"artistic coup of the century" and that "It is impossible but I will do it". When told to use a camouflaged safety harness by his mentor( Ben Kingsley) he reacts strongly indicating that it would amount to cheating. Despite an injury to his foot he doesn't give up and with a cool head completes his task.
Knowing well that the actual walk could not take more than 15 minutes of screen time the director uses the first 90 minutes or so to spin a yarn of the frenchman's childhood fascination for wire walking and his sneaking into a circus to do the stunt himself. There he meets his mentor,papa Rudy who teaches him the ropes (pun intended ) and later gets his team together. The planning works out OK and the execution is not without a few hiccups. The technical aspects of taking the steel cable across to the opposite tower and rigging it are shown well.There are some breathtaking visuals mainly composed of aerial shots guaranteed to thrill. The actual walk is superbly shot and has lots of suspense. The end is interesting with our hero saluting both the towers and New York City which have helped him to create history.