Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

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Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away
Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Andrew Adamson
Produced by Andrew Adamson
Martin Bolduc
Aron Warner
Written by Andrew Adamson
Starring Erica Linz
Benedikt Negro
Igor Zaripov
Lutz Halbhubner
John Clarke
Music by Benoît Jutras
Stephen Barton
Cinematography Brett Turnbull
Edited by Sim Evan-Jones
Dirk Westervelt
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • October 20, 2012 (2012-10-20) (TIFF)
  • December 21, 2012 (2012-12-21) (United States)
Running time 91 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25 million[2]
Box office $34,153,101[3]

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away is a 2012 3D film directed by Andrew Adamson. The film premiered on October 20, 2012 at the Tokyo International Film Festival,[4] and was released theatrically in the United States on December 21, 2012.[5] It was released in 2D and 3D. It stars Erica Linz and Igor Zaripov as the main characters and incorporates acts from the seven Cirque du Soleil shows that were running in Las Vegas in 2011: O, Mystère, , Love, Zumanity, Viva Elvis and Criss Angel Believe. The 3D used in the film was highly admired by the critics on its Tokyo premiere.[citation needed] The Eels performed a song titled "Calling for Your Love" for the movie.[citation needed]


Mia, a young woman in a small American 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.


This film has received mixed reviews from critics. It currently has a rating of 47% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 43 reviews and an average score of 5.3/10.[6] On Metacritic, it has a rating of 57/100, indicating "mixed or average reviews", based on 14 reviews.[7] A. O. Scott of The New York Times gave this film a score of 3/5, and said that "For me, Cirque du Soleil will always be associated with the movie Knocked Up, in which the characters played by Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd take in a performance of Mystère under the influence of hallucinogenic mushrooms. If such a trip is not to your taste, or if a trip to Las Vegas is not on your calendar, you might opt for the relatively inexpensive, mildly mind-blowing Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, a new 3-D movie directed by Andrew Adamson."[8]

Home video[edit]

On March 12, 2013, Worlds Away was released on Blu-ray Disc/DVD.


Only thirteen words are spoken by the characters in this film. Mia says "no thank you" early in the film to the silent clown and "help" four times; one of the performers says "hold on Mia! Mia!(3x)" as she falls through sand 1 hour into the movie.


  1. ^ "CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - WORLDS AWAY". British Board of Film Classification. December 5, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away". Box Office Mojo. 
  3. ^ "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away". Box Office Mojo. 
  4. ^ Lehmann, Megan (October 20, 2012). "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away: Tokyo Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  5. ^ The Deadline Team (February 27, 2012). "Paramount Sets December 2012 Release Date For ‘Cirque Du Soleil’ Pic". Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D Movie Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More - Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Scott, A.O (20 December 2012). "'Cirque du Soleil - Worlds Away' in 3-D -". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 

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