Can I take it?…round two. Last week, I queried whether I could stand the stomach-in-your-throat thrills, of the just-released 3D IMAX “Everest”. Well…here we go again. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Philippe Petit, in the latest creation by Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis, “The Walk”. Mr. Petit, a French high-wire artist, famously walked between the two twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. He accomplished this by using a team of thrill seekers, to smuggle equipment into the skyscrapers–and to shoot a performing wire from one building to the other, under cloak of night, near the very top. And not only does Mr. Zemeckis convincingly digitally recreate that then new New York City landmark, but like “Everest”, it’s done in heart-stopping IMAX 3D. Honestly, I believe “Everest” might be easier to take!
Now, of course, this story has been done before, in “Man on Wire”, the 2008 release that grabbed the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Director James Marsh did a superb job there, mixing actual footage, along with a smattering of recreations, to assemble a non-fiction chronicle that played like a thriller. But this time, real actors and an actual screenplay take over–along with 2015-style special effects. And it’ll all be guided by the meticulous hand of Mr. Zemeckis, the man who brought you such ground-breakers as the “Back to the Future” trilogy, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”, and “Forrest Gump”. This is one I feel I definitely can’t miss. “The Walk” opens in select theaters on September 30th. It also stars Ben Kingsley and James Badge Dale.