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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 12.14.15] United Kingdom scifi cult thriller

The first trailer has *finally* premiered for Ben Wheatley's hotly anticipated High Rise, an adaptation of the much loved J.G. Ballard novel from 1975.

The playful Utopia/Dyspotia parable appears to have retained itself here in this first look with star Tom Hiddleston's wonderful narration about a "better" life.

The film follows a young, respectable doctor, Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston, also appearing at the Festival in I Saw the Light) who moves into a new luxury apartment seeking anonymity. The building, a Brutalist concrete tower block, is inhabited by eccentric tenants who let off steam in endless rounds of themed parties and raucous, drink-and-drug-fuelled orgies. Sitting literally atop this insular society is the high-rise’s architect and owner, Mr. Royal (Jeremy Irons), whose penthouse suite beggars description and has nothing to do with the rest of his design. As Robert settles into his new abode without ever really unpacking properly, the tower and its social complexities begin to take over his life.

Magnet Releasing won the bid for Wheatley's flick out of TIFF this year, so here's hoping it gets the love their titles usually get.

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quietearth (6 years ago) Reply

I can't stand Wheatley, his films are essentially whining... but this looks good.


Wumpus (6 years ago) Reply

This looks better than I was expecting!

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