Sunday, September 27, 2015


  It doesn't come close to being one of the best movies of the year but it certainly contains some of the most hair-raising and hard-to-watch scenes ever filmed.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the high wire
  I watched  The Walk, the story of  French wire-walker Philippe Petit’s gutsy, secret and unauthorized 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 3D and IMAX and felt I was out on a limb with Petit as he crossed and re-crossed the wire.
 Although the build-up to the walk itself is slow-moving and the dialogue could do with some improvement, once Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt with a thick French accent,  starts on his walk the tension is breath-taking. 
  It held particular interest for me because I too, attempted to walk the wire between the Twin Towers via virtual reality arranged by Sony a couple of months ago.
I couldn't manage one step
  But with the Hudson River a mere ribbon of water way to my left, the traffic and people just dots far below and the wind howling in my ears I couldn't even manage one step. Even though my mind knew I was only walking along a line on the floor. I really felt I was stepping out above New York. It was that real to me.
  But safely grounded in Santa Monica, with a sumptuous Four Seasons Sunday brunch following the screening and a (hardly visible) Super Moon to gaze at in the evening, it was an interesting day.  


  1. Man on a Wire was the documentary and probably better.

  2. I bet I could have taken at least a few steps!! If there was a beer at the other end who knows what one could accomplish? :p

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