The Wire.
May 11, 2009, 10:14 am
Filed under: film, movies, reviews

man on wire

“You have to exercise rebellion. To refuse to tape yourself to the rules,
to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a true challenge. Then you will
live your life on the tightrope.”

I should’ve seen it sooner, but I guess seeing it late is better than not seeing it at all. Wow, that’s deep. Back on topic. Man on Wire is a once in a lifetime experience that one man decided to share with as many people as he could. This documentary follows wire-walker Philippe Petit, as he brings his dream of walking across the World Trade Center towers to life.

The unique thing about all of this is we know how the story ends. On a Summer day in 1974, Philippe eventually accomplishes what he set out to do. But it’s the insight, the preparation, and obstacles that made this real story appear like something straight out of the Ocean’s trilogy. I would’ve loved to be one of his accomplices.

It’s inspiring to watch a person devote everything he has to a single goal. Specifically, a goal that I could never accomplish. Putting my fear of heights aside, I can barely walk in a straight line on my driveway.



– JD


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