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High-Rise (2015)

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Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control.

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Ben Wheatley

Writers:

Amy Jump, J.G. Ballard (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hiddleston ... Laing
Jeremy Irons ... Royal
Sienna Miller ... Charlotte
Luke Evans ... Wilder
Elisabeth Moss ... Helen
James Purefoy ... Pangbourne
Keeley Hawes ... Ann
Peter Ferdinando ... Cosgrove
Sienna Guillory ... Jane
Reece Shearsmith ... Steele
Enzo Cilenti ... Talbot
Augustus Prew ... Munrow
Dan Renton Skinner Dan Renton Skinner ... Simmons (as Dan Skinner)
Stacy Martin ... Fay
Tony Way ... Robert the Caretaker
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Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms. Written by David R Turner

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Leave the real world behind See more »

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for violence, disturbing images, strong sexual content/graphic nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

High Rise See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,887, 15 May 2016

Gross USA:

$343,139
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (super8 footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

High-Rise (2015) has been a stalled passion project for producer Jeremy Thomas for decades. It was once deemed "unfilmable." See more »

Goofs

When Royal descends to the lower floors, he is seen with and without his blood stained jacket. See more »

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Richard Wilder: Doesn't it seem odd, Laing? That a man can fall from the thirty-ninth floor, and not one police car turn up? Where's the investigation, Laing? I mean, where's the sirens? Laing!
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Written by Gabi Delgado-Lopez (as Gabi Delgado Lopez), Robert Görl (as Robert Goerl), Chrislo Haas (as Chris Haas) and Wolfgang Spelmanns
Courtesy of Wintrup Musikverlag, Detmold/Germany
Performed by Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft
Licensed courtesy of Mute Artists Limited
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Tom Hiddleston in Kafa-esque nightmare....
30 May 2016 | by joebloggscitySee all my reviews

This isn't one film to take at face value. Very subversive, the film begins with our familiar face of Tom Hiddleston covered in blood in some apartment flat! We then rewind to 3 months back to explain what has happened. Based in some 1970s high-rise block (very 2000AD style), this building was designed as a utopia with the wealthiest settling in the top flats. Instead it turns in a dystopia, as the residents are stuck in some narcissistic and parochial void.

Civil & class war is breaking out and nothing is clear cut. Tom Hiddleston's character though is dressed and fitted as if he is from 20-30 years later, so it's too obvious a way for us to relate to him. Anyhow, he has to survive in this world, but gets sucked in.

This film reminded me of some 'horror' videos from the 1990's, wasn't uncommon in those days (films like 'Society' etc), and it was an interesting change. We have a very surreal look here in this film, and it's clichéd in style & outlook for the 1970's (which reflects the vanity of the residents).

Despite the originality, it didn't work for me. It's probably 30mins too long and that saps the interest out of it as they stretched the film. Too often you can't follow what is going on. You never empathise with anyone in this film as they try to live in their own vacuous worlds.

It's an interesting film but it definitely will only appeal to a minority, as I guess it was always going to looking at the premise. A minor cult film? Possibly. Won't be one I'll revisit.


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