Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

Unique look at the most amazing performances through James Cameron‘s 3D cameras, used in Avatar.

Director: Andrew Adamson | Stars: Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov

Budget: n.a. | Box office: 6 million (Japan)

IMDb: 6.2 | Metacritic: n.a.

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Apart, James Cameron

It‘s somehow strange and not nice to call the performances of famous Canadian troupe Cirque du Soleil simply the circus. For me as probably for many in Eastern Europe circus traditionally was a show of bears and sad clowns on a small cultural centre’s stage. Much more suitable is the name „cirque nouveau“, which was given to the company Cirque du Soleil, founded in 1984 in Montreal by two street artists. Now the troupe employs thousands of people from all over the world, presents shows in hundreds of cities for millions of viewers and their annual revenue exceeds billion dollars.

With such numbers there‘s no surprise that not everyone can see these magical performances, even if you can afford steep ticket price – there‘s just not enough space for everyone in the show theatres. But now everyone has a chance to see Cirque du Soleil performances in a much cheaper and unique way – in 3D movie, produced by James Cameron.

Worlds Away is a series of different and hugely impressive Cirque du Soleil performances, shot in the biggest and best stages of the world. There is kind of a story about a lady looking for aerialist performer, who was captured in mystical alternative circus world, but it doesn‘t matter much. What matters is the equipment used to film the movie. It‘s James Cameron‘s together with Sony created Fusion system, which at least for me is perceptibly more impressive than other 3D standards (I haven‘t seen The Hobbit yet). If you are interested in technical details there was a great presentation by James Cameron in G4TV, you can watch it online here. It’s a bit strange that this system was used only in handful of movies, such as first Resident Evil, Sanctum, Hugo, so it‘s great to see it return not just here, but in Ang Lee‘s Life of Pi.

Worlds Away is shot really impressively. Even if you have seen Cirque du Soleil live performances I think it‘s worth to watch it in the cinema to see various close-ups of performers. In some scenes they really look like flying and defying gravity in different ways. It has this kind of magical movie feeling, where you can forget about the plot, the actors and other film elements and just immerse yourself in the view.

To describe it shortly Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away most closely resembles not the usual circus, but grand performances which we can see every few years during Olympics opening ceremonies, especially this year’s show. It‘s really unique and a great thing to watch during Christmas.

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