Trailer for Robert Zemeckis’ High-Wire Drama ‘The Walk’

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Though I didn’t have much affection for Robert Zemeckis’ return to live action cinema with Flight, it did represent a significant improvment from the dead-eyed motion capture characters that infatuated the Oscar-winning filmmaker. Luckily, it seems as if Zemeckis has left behind the Uncanny Valley for now, returning once again to live action with The Walk, a film about the true story of Philippe Petit’s walk across the two towers of the World Trade Center. The events depicted in the film have already been covered in the excellent documentary Man on Wire. Zemeckis’ film has Joseph Gordon-Levitt taking on the role of the death-defying Frenchman, who is willing to risk possible arrest and serious harm in order to pull off this crazy stunt.

The Walk opens October 2nd, 2015.

The official synopses (English and Spanish) for The Walk:

Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man – Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.  Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan.  Robert Zemeckis, the director of such marvels as Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future, Polar Express and Flight, again uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story.  With innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry, The Walk is true big-screen cinema, a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds. The film, a PG-rated, all-audience entertainment for moviegoers 8 to 80, unlike anything audiences have seen before, is a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s, but most of all, to the Towers of the World Trade Center.

Doce personas han caminado por la luna, pero sólo un hombre – Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – ha podido caminar sobre el inmenso vacío que separaba a las torres del World Trade Center. Guiado por su mentor en su vida real, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), y ayudado por un grupo inusual de colaboradores provenientes de todo el mundo, Petit y su pandilla superan complicadas posiblidades, traiciones, disensos e innumerables situaciones en lo que todo está a punto de colapsar para concebir y ejecutar su alocado plan. Robert Zemeckis, el director de maravillas como Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future, Polar Express y Flight, utiliza nuevamente la tecnología más avanzada al servicio de una emotiva historia empujada por un personaje. Con inovativas técnicas fotorrealistas y la magia del IMAX 3D, The Walk es auténtico cine para la pantalla grande, una oportunidad para los espectadores de experimentar en forma visceral la sensación de alcanzar las nubes. La película, clasificada PG, es perfecta para audiencias de todas las edades y completamente novedosa, no se parece a nada que hayan visto con anterioridad, es una carta de amor a Paris y Nueva York en la década del ’70, pero por sobre todas las cosas, a las torres del World Trade Center.

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