Written and Directed by Andrew Adamson
Starring Erica Luniz, Igor Zapirov and the Cirque du Soleil
Make no mistake, I am a big fan on the Cirque du Soleil. Their theatricality and daring acrobatics are almost always amazing and inspiring. That being said, the first ten minutes of their second big screen outing are some of the worst moment I have seen on film in quite some time. Writer / Director, Andrew Adamson, the director of SHREK and THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, treats us to a mystical world in dazzling 3D but first he drags us through an embarrassing set up to justify the completely unbelievable premise. Get through it though and WORLDS AWAY will take you far away from the world you know.
Mia (Erica Linz) wanders into a small circus one night for no apparent reason. There she is judged by strangers and given nasty looks by circus hands, again for no apparent reason. She is about to leave but someone convinces her that she must see The Aerialist (Igor Zaripov), through non-verbal coaxing of course. Se stays and while The Aerialist is performing high above the circus floor, their eyes meet. This is also the moment he loses his grip and plummets from the air. When he hits the floor, the sand beneath him swallows him whole and Mia falls in after him. They have both entered the world of Cirque du Soleil, a world far, far away from our own that consists of many circus tents. She must find him but there is no reason she can't take in a few shows first!
Not unlike an actual Cirque show, this driving action takes place on the sidelines and makes way for the performers to wow and amaze. This, they do in a barrage of numbers from the seven Cirque shows that ran in Las Vegas in 2011, from "O" and "Zoomanity" to their Beatles collaboration, "Love". Most of the numbers are breathtaking and exhilarating, and the 3D makes it almost as spectacular as being there. Still, Adamson never takes us so far away from our own world to forget that all WORLDS AWAY really is, is an affordable way for those of us not fortunate enough to make it out to Vegas to see some of these awesome feats for ourselves.