Well-to-do doctor Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) moves into the 25th floor of an experimental high-rise apartment complex on the outskirts of London in 1975, attracted by the upper-class lifestyle promoted by its architect (Jeremy Irons). The building is secluded from the outside world and functions as its own autonomous community; in addition, it's organized by a rigid caste system, with the least wealthy residents situated on the lower floors. Laing befriends a documentary filmmaker (Luke Evans) who lives on the second floor, and soon becomes aware of the social inequities within the complex. As tensions between the tenants boil over, an all-out war erupts that divides the classes into violent tribes vying for the top floors. Ben Wheatley directed this wildly imaginative and chaotic adaptation of J.G. Ballard's 1975 novel, with Amy Jump serving as screenwriter. High-Rise premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.~Daniel Gelb
Breaking down High-Rise & its tenants
Building the world of High-Rise: 70's style
Commentary with actor Tom Hiddleston, director Ben Wheatley, and producer Jeremy Thomas
If you don't know what to expect when going into 'High-rise', you may be put off. It is a 70's period film that is based on the novel of the same name, which was written in direct response to Maragret Thatcher's politics. The film is absolutely bonkers, as almost all of Wheatley's work is. It's graphic, one might say confusing, it definitely isn't for the faint of heart. To me, it's a visual masterpiece, definitely one I am happy to own, but not one I will be rewatching regularly.
the high rise becomes its own little world with a class struggle from the people with money who live at the top and the others who live on the lower floors. i mostly got the movie because of luke edwards. i was not disappointed. he does a great job and shows how versatile his ability in acting.
A disaster of bad editing and pacing, even to the point of having to have characters literally say what was happening as a part of dialogue to establish scenes. It was well shot for beautiful images, but as a narrative I wasn’t impressed. I guess this just isn't my shtick.
While I didn't get the chance to see it in a theater, I rented it on Amazon when it was first released. I loved it. Tom Hiddleston is wonderful as Dr Laing, but Luke Evans shines as Wilder. I found his character much more interesting than Laing, though both performances are amazing. A social study set in the '70s but somehow feeling futuristic, High-Rise takes a harsh look at the class system, people and their motivations.
Having been a fan of J.G.Ballard's novel of the same name, I had my doubts about converting this to cinematic storytelling. Director Ben Wheatly actually comes close to Ballard's vision of societal breakdown within the confines of a single "high-rise". The novel is much more dry and caustic, where as this film is more visceral and in your face, which is actually what makes it so good.