They need to provide some of those in-flight “motion sickness bags.”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, aka my boyfriend, is in a new film called The Walk.
And the movie, about French tightrope walker Philippe Petit, is being puked all over.
I don’t mean reviewers are slamming Gordon-Levitt’s French accent or his tightrope walking skills. I mean people are literally vomiting when they watch it.
Anyone who’s seen the documentary Man On Wire or just footage of Philippe Petit’s insane tightrope walk between New York’s then-standing Twin Towers in 1974 will understand the sheer insanity of undertaking a net-free tightrope walk 1,362 feet in the air.
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However, the event wasn’t filmed from above — it was highly illegal for Petit to even be there. So what The Walk does is take audiences there, on the rope with Petit, or watching him from above, with the city, tiny, hundreds of metres below him.
It’s also filmed in 3D.
The combined effect is causing some serious vertigo issues.
“Reports of guys vomiting in the Alice Tully men’s rm post-The Walk: True. Witnessed it/came close. Bad visual trigger for vertigo sufferers,” tweeted film reviewer Mark Harris.
“The last 20 minutes of the film I had to look away a couple of times because of the sensation of the height,” Denise Widman, board director of the Boston Jewish Film Festival, told the NY Post. “I felt a little bit queasy. I felt nervous. It was a tingling sensation and some anxiety.”
It seems the film is achieving just what director Robert Zemeckis set out to.
“[The goal] was to evoke the feeling of vertigo. We worked really hard to put the audience up on those towers and on the wire,” Zemeckis said.
Don’t bother buying popcorn, maybe?