Three Word Review of ‘Man on Wire’

Capering circus noir.

Captions don't count: I'm guilty of dismissing this 90-minute documentary about that guy who walked a tightrope between the World Trade Center towers in 1974. My bad. I just didn't account for how difficult it was to sneak into that place and string a cable -- turns out the rope walk was the easy part. Amid the requisite interviews with participants of the "performance crime," the movie is filled with scenes like the one above: A re-enactment of the conspirators planning their infiltration of the roof. Yes, an arrow plays a crucial role. The thriller aspects are as fascinating as the portrait of a man consumed by a wild dream -- and what happens to all the pent up emotions and frustrations after the dream is achieved. Fascinating stuff.

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2 responses to “Three Word Review of ‘Man on Wire’

  1. Hayes

    This was a really great flick! I popped this in the DVD player thinking that I’d pick up the family room while it played in the background. Two hours later, I’m sitting on a floor still cluttered with the kids toys with my mouth hanging open in amazement.

    • jdrewscott

      Or as I like to call it, “Dad on Floor.” Not nearly as riveting a documentary, but still a harrowing kind of lifestyle if you’re not used to it.

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