For the first time since Tom Hanks's gross CGI face in The Polar Express, director Robert Zemeckis is making audiences want to throw up. This time it's with The Walk, his 3D film about French tightrope walker Philippe Petit's illicit high-wire walk between the World Trade Center towers. The movie screened for press at the New York Film Festival over the weekend, and its depiction of balancing over 1,300 feet in the air and being Joseph Gordon-Levitt was reportedly enough to trigger vertigo in some viewers, even sending some to the bathroom to puke.
Denise Widman, board director of the Boston Jewish Film Festival, told to the New York Post, "The last 20 minutes of the film I had to look away a couple of times because of the sensation of the height. I felt a little bit queasy." Pop culture journalist Mark Harris confirmed, "Reports of guys vomiting in the Alice Tully men's rm post-The Walk: True. Witnessed it/came close." Just the type of immersive puking experience puking at home still can't compete with.