The new film from acclaimed director Ben Wheatley in UK cinemas March 18th.
Adapted from J.G. Ballard’s visionary novel by screenwriter Amy Jump, HIGH – RISE stars Tom Hiddleston,
Reveiw from The Guardian
High Rise stars Tom Hiddleston as Dr Robert Laing. He lives on the 27thfloor of a tower block built for the affluent. The well-off live in the lower floors, the rich – like Laing – in the middle, the super-rich at the top. Life, insulated and protected, is idyllic, until the power structure starts to shift. The lower residents climb the High Rise and all hell breaks loose.
Ballard saw how society reacts to a grand mal seizure when he grew up in a Shanghai internment camp. Society is fragile: we’re a cross word away from raping or killing our neighbour. He wanted to strip away the sheen – but director Ben Wheatley layers it all back on. His vision is weirdly glossy, with the story set in the 70s (the book was published in 1975); the combination of the low-ish budget production values and the wry tone makes the film feel like a pastiche.