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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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Storyline

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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Welcome to the high life... See more »

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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:

$346,472

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,289,074
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (super8 footage)

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2.35 : 1
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In about 80% of the scenes, someone is always smoking. See more »

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

Quotes

Laing: [on Wilder] He's probably the sanest man in the building.
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Referenced in Film 2017: Episode #45.4 (2016) See more »

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Spoon
Written by Michael Karoli, Jaki Liebezeit, Irmin Schmidt, Holger Czukay, Kenji Suzuki
Published by Messer Music Ltd c/o Bucks Music Group Ltd
Performed Can (as CAN)
Courtesy of Spoon Records
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Amusing series of vignettes that never does come together
18 October 2015 | by ninako124See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of viewing High-Rise at a recent film festival. I went in with high expectations, which gave way to boredom and the anticipation of the end of the showing.

The actors absolutely fulfilled all expectations. The performances are all highly nuanced and look natural, rather than put on. Hiddleston goes above and beyond to give one of the arguably best performances of his career. The mise-en-scene of each scene is meticulously crafted and beautifully shot.

So what, exactly, tipped high expectations into boredom?

For one, the film never does come together, never gives off the feeling of a cohesive whole, but rather of a series of vignettes. Each vignette is, of course, beautifully shot, but the disconnect they cause makes it impossible to empathize with any of the characters.

Additionally, suspension of disbelief is near impossible. Why do the characters make the choices they do? What drives them to this madness?

Overall, I would recommend this piece to very loyal fans of any of the actors or to cinephiles with a high degree of patience.

6.5/10


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