Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit, Ben Kingsley as Papa Rudy, Charlotte Le Bon as Annie Allix, Clément Sibomy as Jean-Louis and James Badge Dale as Jean-Pierre
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Runtime: 123 minutes
As a boy, Philippe Petit, dreams of performing daring feats for dazzled crowds. When he grows older, his dream comes true and he becomes a high-wire artist who stares death in the face with every step.
Under the guidance of mentor Papa Rudy, the French 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 a seemingly impossible stunt.
He eats a hard candy which was given to him by an audience member and hurts his tooth. He visits the dentist, and, while in the waiting room, he sees a picture of the Twin Towers in a magazine.
He analyses the photo and decides to make it his mission to walk a tightrope between the two buildings. Meanwhile, he is kicked out of his parents’ house by his father, citing his lack of income.
The Walk has received positive reviews from critics, with praise for Gordon-Levitt’s performance, Zemeckis’ direction, and the visual effects, particularly during the wire walk scene.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie was rated 85 per cent, based on 169 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2 out of 10. “The Walk attempts a tricky balancing act between thrilling visuals and fact-based drama – and like its wire-walking protagonist, pulls it off with impressive élan,” read the site’s critical consensus.