Director Robert Zemeckis's newest movie is relatively simple, but wonderfully exhilarating; it has the power to make your palms sweat and catch your heart in your throat. Zemeckis is a whiz at technologically advanced movies that tell ever-so-slightly dark stories, but with a bright style and a warm heart. In re-creating this astounding feat of tightrope walking, his camera follows effortlessly, giving us a smooth, 360-degree view of the abyss around Philippe Petit's wire. We are with him on every step of his journey. In the early 1970s, Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a street performer in Paris, juggling things while balancing on tightropes.