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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 02.06.15] United Kingdom book thriller

J. G. Ballard's 1975 novel, High Rise, has been on the adaptation table for a long, long time. We've been tracking the porject eagerly since Vincenzo Natali was at the helm and, while we were sadenned by news of his departure, the UK's Ben Wheatley felt like a worthy choice to handle the material. Certainly his recent output (Kill List, A Field in England, Sightseers) is showcase enough of a director with an unflinching eye and love of subversive material.

Set in 1975, High-Rise documents the shocking breakdown of class and social structures within a brand-new high-tech London apartment building as its residents, including Laing, slowly give in to their more animalistic impulses, turning the building into a bacchanalian den of iniquity.

The first slick image of Tom Hiddleston in the film has emerged and it's a lot more stylish than I expected for some reason. Perhaps that's due to Wheatley's visual treatment of things in the past, but I've got to say, I'm pumped for this film.

The film also stars Jeremy Irons, James Purefoy, Sienna Miller, Reece Shearsmith, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, Peter Ferdinando, and Dan Renton Skinner.

A big screen adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel “High-Rise.” “High-Rise” centers on a new residential tower built on the eve of Margaret Thatcher’s rise to power, at the site of what will soon become the world’s financial hub.

Designed as a luxurious solution to the problems of the city, it is a world apart. Enter Robert Laing (Hiddleston), a young doctor seduced by the high-rise and its creator, the visionary architect Anthony Royal (Irons).

Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal’s devoted aide Charlotte (Miller). But rot has set in beneath the flawless surface. Sensing discord amongst the tenants, Laing meets Wilder, a charismatic provocateur bent on inciting the situation. Wilder initiates Laing into the hidden life of the high-rise and Laing is shocked at what he sees. As the residents break into tribal factions, Laing finds himself in the middle of mounting violence. Violence that he also finds emerging in himself.

Recommended Release: Kill List

Via: Empire

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quietearth (7 years ago) Reply

I can't stand Wheatley and Ballard is my favorite author.. he better not fuck this up.


chuck (7 years ago) Reply

I agree completely. What's your opinion of the previous Ballard adaptations?

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