High-Rise

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High-Rise may not quite live up to its classic source material, but it still offers an energetic, well-acted, and thought-provoking take on its timely socioeconomic themes.

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A doctor (Tom Hiddleston) moves into a London skyscraper where rising tensions and class warfare lead to anarchy.

Cast & Crew

Tom Hiddleston
Dr. Robert Laing
Jeremy Irons
Anthony Royal
Sienna Miller
Charlotte Melville
Luke Evans
Richard Wilder
Elisabeth Moss
Helen Wilder
Amy Jump
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Peter Watson
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Thorsten Schumacher
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Lizzie Francke
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Sam Lavender
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Anna Higgs
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Gabriella Martinelli
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Christopher Simon
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  • In High-Rise the fitfully brilliant Briton Ben Wheatley, with writing partner Amy Jump, seizes what seems a perfect-fitting text -- JG Ballard's dystopian novel High-Rise -- and makes an omnishambles of it.

    December 28, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Collet-Serra seems as transfixed by the landscape as he is by Lively's presence, suggesting a continuity between humanity and the natural world.

    August 17, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's meant to leave a bad taste and it does. High-Rise is an effective adaptation of a classic dystopian novel that no longer seems like science fiction.

    August 17, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • High-Rise switches genres effortlessly - black humour one moment, dystopic parable the next - until it becomes its own singular, horrifying, immensely captivating thing.

    May 20, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • No matter how much one shades the characters, though, High-Rise defies adaptation because the most vivid character is the building itself.

    May 18, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • There is a goldmine of rich material here, all beautifully shot, but fatally lacking in focus or momentum.

    May 18, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for High-Rise

  • Aug 25, 2019
    I think I must be too stupid to appreciate it fully.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2017
    Rather than subtly infuse socioeconomic themes into a story, Wheatley crowbars them in and so the film ends up like a shouty teenager rather than an intricate microcosm. All style, no substance.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2016
    Watching High-Rise left me in an agitated state of bafflement. I was desperately trying to fumble for some kind of larger meaning, or at least some kind of narrative foothold from this indie movie about a high-rise apartment complex where the rich reside at the top and the lower classes below. I was holding onto hope that what came across as messy, incoherent, and juvenile would magically coalesce into some sort of work of satiric value. This hope was lost. Director Ben Wheately's (Kill List) movie is disdainful to audience demands, disdainful to narrative, disdainful to characters that should be more than vague metaphorical figures against the British class system. The social class commentary is so stupidly simple. At one point, the upper floor rich talk about how they have to throw a better party than the lower floor plebs (slobs versus snobs!). The movie lacks any sort of foundation but just keeps going; I would check how much time was left every fifteen minutes and exclaim, "How is there still more left?!" This is a chore to sit through because it's so resoundingly repetitive and arbitrary. You could rearrange any ten minutes of the movie and make nary a dent in narrative coherence. There are some striking visuals and weird choices that keep things unpredictable; it's just that I stopped caring far too early for anything to have mattered. Tom Hiddelston plays a doctor in the building and becomes the intermediary between the oblivious rich and the rabble rousing and vengeful poor. I can't tell you why anything happens in this movie. I can't say why the characters do what they do, why the events happen, why anything. It's all just weightless materials for Wheatley's empty impressionistic canvas. As society breaks down, things get violent and yet the movie is still boring. I was hoping for something along the lines of Snowpiercer but I got more of a pulpy Terence Mallick spiral of self-indulgent nothingness. High-Rise is a highly irritating and exasperating movie and I know it's destined to be a future favorite of the pretentious. If anyone says it's one of his or her favorite movies of all time, please kindly walk in the other direction as fast as you are able and then tell an adult. Nate's Grade: D
    Nate Z Super Reviewer
  • Nov 15, 2016
    "High-Rise" is decidedly low budget. Atrocious lighting, sound and acting are but the ground floor of the problems with this tear-down of a film. The dialogue and script should have been condemned before the public was allowed in. Despite its constellation of perplexing luminary talent, any curb appeal this film might seem to have merely conceals a crumbling foundation of unskilled directing. Sadly, this project is in sore need of a remodel.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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