It's a rare and rather special occasion when a Hollywood blockbuster is so successful in its endeavors to throw the audience into an all encompassing experience that it actually manages to deliver a physical response. With the help of 3D technology, movie goers can now fully immerse themselves into a storyline and almost feel the reality of a film as if they were actually in it.
However, from time to time, the consequences of full immersion are not always so desirable, and now it would seem that The Walk, the latest movie from director Robert Zemeckis, has just successfully created one of those moments.
Shortly following the first screening of The Walk at New York Film Festival earlier this week, Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Beowulf) informed reporters that he hoped to deliver his audience with a profound sense of vertigo. And, if the response is anything to go by, it would seem that he has been very successful.
The Walk tells the story of the high wire artist Philippe Petit and his walk between the Twin Towers of the Wold Trade Center during the summer of 1974. Balancing at a mere 1,362 feet high, the story alone is enough to make even a person with the hardest head for heights feel a tad queasy.
In 2009, Man on Wire won a Best Documentary Oscar for its depiction of the great feat. However, although this documentary was completely stunning in its approach, it was limited due to the fact there was no actual footage of the walk and instead relied heavily on photographs and first hand accounts. The Walk, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the French extreme artist, does not have such restrictions, thanks to 3D technology and a $35 million budget.
Seemingly delivering a decent dose of dizziness (to those who don't even suffer from vertigo), the film tracks Philippe Petit as he crosses between the towers several times, including scenes where you see him lying down on the rope and performing a few tricks.
After watching the screening in NYC, pop culture journalist Mark Harris tweeted his reaction to the film, claiming that he almost vomited at one point.
Check out the trailer for yourself:
Obviously, it's a possibility that those with a strong constitution may not feel affected by the shots, plus the reports of nausea will probably only further motivate fear-junkies (myself included) to rush to the theater as soon as its released, this October.
If you, too, get a kick out of successfully sitting through a movie that has crumbled weaker souls, how about you check out the following cinematic classics that have all individually caused audiences to vomit their ways out of movie theaters? For example:
Stand By Me or The Exorcist
It was the projectile vomit scenes in both of these movies that had movie goers running, sharpish, for the exits.
Van Diemen’s Land or 127 Hours
If projectile vomit won't crack your core, what about cannibalism or a dude cutting off his own arm? Both caused fainting and/or seizures from their audiences. Fun!