Robert Zemeckis’ World Trade Center high-wire stunt film “The Walk” opens in IMAX cinemas today, and if you’re going you may have to bring some sick bags.
The New York Post has done a report indicating that some viewers at the New York Film Festival screening over the weekend were left feeling queasy by the film.
The story follows Frenchman Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and the planning and execution of a death-defying act crossing a wire between the two towers of the famed building in 1974.
A combination of Zemeckis’ penchant for technical visual wizardry combined with the depiction of the wire crossing and the 3D element has led to some audience members experiencing vertigo.
Denise Widman, board director of the Boston Jewish Film Festival, said: “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. I felt nervous. It was a tingling sensation and some anxiety.”
Journalist Mark Harris tweeted: “Reports of guys vomiting in the Alice Tully men’s restroom post-The Walk: True. Witnessed it/came close. Bad visual trigger for vertigo sufferers.”
In a study from 2013, around 10% of viewers feel queasy due to 3D films and up to 55% report at least one physical complaint during 3D screenings. Most are said to be due to a “mismatch between the distance at which our eyes converge and at which they focus.”
“The Walk” will run exclusively on IMAX screens until it opens wide on October 9th.