The Walk IMAX trailer

Robert Zemeckis‘ The Walk is the kind of movie that demands to be seen in IMAX 3D, or at least the kind of movie Sony would like you to think demands to be seen in IMAX 3D. So the studio has just issued a nearly five-minute IMAX trailer to convince you that those pesky surcharges will be totally worth it.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Philippe Petit, a French high-wire artist who in 1974 attempted to walk between New York’s Twin Towers on a tightrope strung between the two buildings. Needless to say, it looks like an intense experience. Watch The Walk IMAX trailer after the jump.

Sony unveiled The Walk IMAX trailer on YouTube.

The first parts of the trailer aren’t too crazy. It basically looks like your standard-issue biopic about an obsessive artist with big dreams and a supportive girlfriend, plus some heist elements thrown in for good measure. But around four minutes in, Gordon-Levitt’s Philippe finally steps on the wire, and then it basically turns into a white-knuckle thriller. Even if you know exactly how this is going to turn out, and even if you know intellectually that you’re just seeing an actor tiptoe across a green screen, there’s something incredibly nerve-wracking about watching him dance on air.

The Walk arrives Wednesday, September 30 in IMAX and Friday, October 9 in regular theaters. Charlotte Le BonBen Kingsley, and James Badge Dale star.

The Walk is the true story of a young dreamer, Philippe Petit, and a band of unlikely recruits who together achieve the impossible: an illegal wire walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. With little more than nerve and blind ambition, Petit and his ragtag crew overcome daunting physical obstacles, betrayals, countless close calls and overwhelming odds to beat the system and execute their mad plan.

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