8.30PM, FOXTEL MAXSTERPIECE ★★★
In The Walk, what seems to be an open-and-shut case of mind prevailing over matter is very skilfully scaled upwards and outwards. By the time the final credits roll, the movie has glided to a higher, better place, where attitude has triumphed over altitude. And the view is glorious. This is the absolutely true and genuinely amazing story of Philippe Petit (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a decorated French highwire walker whose ultimate achievement occurred 110 storeys above the footpaths of New York. It was here, early one August morning in 1974, that Petit took a lengthy stroll between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. After a sluggish start, Gordon-Levitt masterfully maps out each step of Petit’s audacious sashay across the sky with both exacting skill and surprising emotion.