Hammerman Ikon

Hammerman Ikon Film Guide

Man On Wire
Director: James Marsh

In the early 1970s, a French high wire artist Philippe Petit had the world on the edge of their seat as he appeared unannounced at famous architectural landmarks to perform illegal walks. This entertaining but overelaborate documentary charts his most famous and daring stunt, the crossing of the Twin Towers in New York. The interviews and dramatised scenes show us how much planning and preparation went into the short walk, but the film doesn't have quite enough drama to keep you in its grips for all of its 90 minutes.