High-Rise

High-Rise

High-Rise

Tom Hiddleston leads this retro-futuristic, dystopic thriller directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List) about a gigantic high-rise building that descends into primal chaos when a class war breaks out. Co-stars Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller (American Sniper) and Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake). Based on the novel by the awesome J.G. Ballard.

2015Rating: R16, Violence, drug use, sexual material, offensive language & content that may disturb119 minsUK
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An original and bleakly dark dystopian tale with a heavy handed political message

If you see High Rise (2015) and are not familiar with dystopian film you may be in for a shock. Utopia is all things good whereas dystopia is more about human transgression and social nihilism. As a cinematic device it explores the limits of normality by depicting the extremes of abnormality through breakdowns in social, political and moral systems. It is...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

What began as a self-contained allegory on open class warfare becomes a showcase for stylistic anarchy, wherein the ensuing orgy of sex and violence serves to justify a near-total breakdown of cinematic form.

Time Out

Time Out

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The movie ultimately feels both too glib and too hermetically sealed to resonate beyond its chaotic interiors.

3.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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Ballard’s concept is meticulously, lovingly recreated, like a museum exhibit of itself.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

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On screen, "High-Rise" is curiously inert. The themes don't resonate, and the story lags and lumbers.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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Wheatley has made High Rise his story, instead of Ballard’s. That’s fine – but, unfortunately, it’s a less interesting take.

2.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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"High-Rise" is a stubborn, incoherent wreck of a movie, and I mean that as fairly high praise. You won't follow everything that happens, but you may feel weirdly at home.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Rarely have so many classy ingredients added up to such a muted, muddled, multi-story mess.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Some of the scenes are eye-popping, and the editing and soundscape are expertly done for the budget. Wheatley and the cast are clearly having fun, and you will too, in a grisly kind of way.

Variety

Variety

press

What began as a self-contained allegory on open class warfare becomes a showcase for stylistic anarchy, wherein the ensuing orgy of sex and violence serves to justify a near-total breakdown of cinematic form.

Time Out

Time Out

press

The movie ultimately feels both too glib and too hermetically sealed to resonate beyond its chaotic interiors.

3.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Ballard’s concept is meticulously, lovingly recreated, like a museum exhibit of itself.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

On screen, "High-Rise" is curiously inert. The themes don't resonate, and the story lags and lumbers.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Wheatley has made High Rise his story, instead of Ballard’s. That’s fine – but, unfortunately, it’s a less interesting take.

2.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"High-Rise" is a stubborn, incoherent wreck of a movie, and I mean that as fairly high praise. You won't follow everything that happens, but you may feel weirdly at home.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Rarely have so many classy ingredients added up to such a muted, muddled, multi-story mess.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Some of the scenes are eye-popping, and the editing and soundscape are expertly done for the budget. Wheatley and the cast are clearly having fun, and you will too, in a grisly kind of way.

An original and bleakly dark dystopian tale with a heavy handed political message

If you see High Rise (2015) and are not familiar with dystopian film you may be in for a shock. Utopia is all things good whereas dystopia is more about human transgression and social nihilism. As a cinematic device it explores the limits of normality by depicting the extremes of abnormality through breakdowns in social, political and moral systems. It is...

4.0