Movie Review for Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away   

Starring: Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov


Directed by Andrew Adamson


Rated: PG

Run Time: 91 mins

Genre: Fantasy/ 3D Film


Opens December 21st


By Lisa Minzey of The Reel


What do you get when you team up one of the most successful directors of all time, but as a producer, another Academy Award nominated director and the equivalent of a modern day circus? The million dollar answer is… "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away", brought to you from Executive Producer James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar) and Director Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the witch and the Wardrobe). Using the ever popular 3D format of filming, Cameron and Adamson wanted to give the gift this holiday season, of experiencing Cirque du Soleil in a way that allows the audience to experience all the flips, bends, spins, fire stunts and body contorting in an up-close and personal way.

When a young woman, Mia (Erica Linz) wanders into a circus that has set up shop in town, various sideshow performers and circus folk keep pointing her in the direction of the Big Top, where The Aerialist (Igor Zaripov) is about to perform. Along the way she catches a young man’s eye and its love at first sight, so imagine her surprise when she sees The Aerialist, recognizing him as the man from before. The Aerialist, unfocused from the sight of Mia, ends up missing the swinging trapeze and falls to the ground below swallowing him whole. Mia jumps out of her seat jumps down the hole in an attempt to save The Aerialist.

When she gathers her bearings, she realizes she has been transported to a stranger circus world set up like a traveling caravan.  From tent to tent she wanders, encountering a more strange yet magical world than the previous in attempts to find The Aerialist, her true love.

If you have never been able to attend a Cirque du Soleil performance, this is an impressive sampling of 7 of their Las Vegas shows: “O”, "Viva Elvis"," KÀ", "The Beatles - Love", "Zumanity",  "Mystère" and "Criss Angel Believe". Although nothing can replace the thrill of seeing a live performance, this is a terrific introduction to the world of Cirque and is worth the 3D price of admission to experience. “CdS: Worlds Apart” is an Alice in Wonderland like adventure that conjures up the magic, wonder, excitement and thrills that Cirque du Soleil is famous for.  Be sure to check it out when it opens in theaters nationwide starting Friday December 21, 2012.