Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away Review

I have always wanted to catch the Cirque du Soleil act when it comes to town but somehow my schedule would always clash and I end up missing it. When I heard there will be a movie adaption of it by Andrew Adamson with James Cameron coming on board as producer, it was a movie I had to make sure I catch to sort of make up for those missed chances.

With critics admiring the 3D used in the movie when it premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival and a trailer that is rather intriguing, I’m sure expectations were high for this movie that breaks away from a blockbuster season filled with guns, explosions, epic battles and swords.

The Plot

A young woman named Mia in a small Midwestern town goes to a traveling carnival one evening, where she is urged by a silent clown to visit the carnival’s circus and see the Aerialist, the show’s star attraction. She is entranced by the Aerialist, but during his act he misses a catch and falls to the ground. She rushes to help him, but then the ground beneath them gives way and they fall through into the dreamlike world of Cirque du Soleil.

Separated, they travel through the different tent worlds trying to find each other, interacting with the strange and wonderful performers and performances of Cirque du Soleil. Mia and the Aerialist perform an aerial courtship for the grand finale.

The Verdict

As expected, this is one movie of stunning colours and effects. Credit must also be given to the “performers” in the movie for many of the stunts which easily took my breath away. The use of 3D was the right choice as it gives many scenes a sense of depth which if taken away would downplay the whole experience.

Yet while the movie is beautiful on the outside, the plot is kinda lacking if compared to other blockbusters in recent months. Not that it is a boring movie that I would caution against watching after work least you end up sleeping if the chair is too comfortable, but it is a rather straight forward one that feels written just to justify adding in all the Cirque du Soleil elements.


Overall this is not a movie I would recommend to everyone especially those that prefer movies with lots of explosions or one that engages your mind with an epic plot. This movie however is one for those who like pretty colours embedded in breathtaking stunts and imagery that leaves you in awe.

While I can’t find it in me to recommend this as a must watch movie to everyone due to the nature of the movie being more on the abstract arts side, for anyone game for something out of the norm or have always enjoyed the circus, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away might just be the movie for you.

Ratings: 3 out of 5 stars.

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away stars Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov and John Clarke and opens in cinemas 10 Jan 2013.

Images courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore

by Kenneth Wong
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