Many qualities bind the eclectic films of Danny Boyle: highly stylized aesthetics, great soundtracks, the introduction of future stars (Ewan McGregor, Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Dev Patel), and, perhaps above all, constant pulses of energy. Boyle had a heap of U.K. theater productions and TV movies to his credit when he attained international acclaim with the 1994 black comedy-thriller Shallow Grave. While the Hitchcockian murder tale (which Boyle admitted was “stolen from the Coen brothers'” breakout Blood Simple) put him on the map, it was the 1996 adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel Trainspotting — about a group of heroin addicts living the high life in Edinburgh — that truly established the director’s style.
The high-flying drama ‘The Walk’ — currently playing in IMAX theaters — may be thrilling audiences with its depiction of wire walker Philippe Petit’s death-defying stroll between the Twin Towers in 1974. But it’s also making some of them sick. Reports from early screenings indicate that director Robert Zemeckis’ extremely realistic-looking dramatization of the high-wire walk was making some audience members retch with vertigo. ‘The Walk’ isn’t the first movie to leave viewers quaking and queasy.