Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012)

Review by:
Bill Clark

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On December 27, 2012
Last modified:July 3, 2014


As a showcase for Cirque du Soleil's astonishing assortment of shows, it's a must-see for fans.

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012)

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away is a fine product to showcase the enchantment and amazement of a number of Cirque shows, but it’s nothing more than that. The film is a “greatest hits” of sorts for Cirque fans, beautifully filmed under the direction of Andrew Adamson and produced by James Cameron. The 3D is surprisingly fluid and effective. The story is of the clothesline variety, but that’s not what one would be showing up for.

The story centers on Mia (Cirque performer Erica Linz), who, as the film opens, is visiting your standard-issue Circus. She is given a flyer to see a performer called The Aerialist (Cirque performer Igor Zaripov). When his show seemingly goes awry, the two are plunged into the world of Cirque. There are colorful tents on a barren landscape, with each containing a different Cirque show and adventure.

Filmed on most of the dedicated stages to these shows in Las Vegas, with some clever lighting disguising the seats, Worlds Away really transplants the viewer to this world. Adamson wisely lets the performers speak for themselves, and they are nothing short of astonishing. From contortionists to death-defying stunts, these men and women truly disregard gravity and do so with elegance and grace. Reactions are likely to range from gasps to nervous laughter to complete giddiness. Adamson’s script is very light on dialogue and asks nothing beyond facial reactions of Linz and Zaripov as actors. Those expecting a cohesive, well-thought out narrative will be disappointed. But then again, how many of us really see Cirque shows for the story? Sure, there is one, but you’re there to see amazing acrobats perform. This is a beautiful film that marks as way above average in terms of 3D. This is one of the few times I’ll actually recommend it. As a traditional movie, it leaves some to be desired. As a showcase for Cirque’s astonishing assortment of shows, it’s a must-see for fans.


Studio: Paramount Pictures
Length: 91 Minutes
Rating: PG for some dramatic images and mild sensuality.
Theatrical Release: December 21, 2012
Directed by: Andrew Adamson
Written by: Andrew Adamson
Cast: Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov, Lutz Halbhubner, John Clarke, Dallas Barnett




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