Tuesday, 16 August 2016

High-Rise

Based on J.G. Ballard's novel, High-Rise is about Dr Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) who moves into a luxurious apartment skyscraper and starts spending time with the eccentric tenants, including single mother Charlotte (Sienna Miller), documentary filmmaker Richard Wilder (Luke Evans) and his pregnant wife Helen (Elisabeth Moss), and enigmatic architect of the building Mr Royal (Jeremy Irons). But soon the tenants find themselves caught up in a class power struggle within the confines of the building and everything starts to take a twisted turn. Working in the film's favour is the set design and use of music, especially a reworked version of ABBA's SOS, which is rather haunting. Hiddleston, Evans and Irons give the strongest performances, but Miller is as forgettable as ever. Overall, Ben Wheatley's two-hour film has a strong message about capitalism and the ugly side of human behaviour, but the story is bizarre, boring and too pretentious to be truly engaging.


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