Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away collects jaw-dropping, eye-popping, mind-boggling acrobatic feats from seven of the company’s live shows and strings them together on a very slender narrative thread.
The story really is slight. A doe-eyed young woman (Erica Linz) catches the eye of a hunky aerialist (Igor Zaripov) in a circus and pursues him through a series of dreamlike landscapes that take their visual cues from Cirque shows O, Kà, Mystère, Viva Elvis, Criss Angel Believe, Zumanity and the Beatles-themed Love.
The result is very much a Cirque greatest-hits movie, with the performers’ tumbling, writhing, gravity-defying exploits captured in 3D by Shrek/Narnia director Andrew Adamson using the Fusion 3D camera system James Cameron developed for Avatar (Cameron is the film’s executive producer).
The 3D is impressively immersive but no substitute for seeing Cirque in the flesh. And if the less-than-compelling plot leads you to drift off, it won’t be long before another tour-de-force of agility or grace jerks you awake.
In cinemas from Friday 1st February.
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