By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
One of the more unsettling looking films coming out in the next couple of months is Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise starring Tom Hiddleston. Based on the book of the same name by J.G. Ballard, the film has been dividing audiences in the festival circuit, which means that either you’ll love it or you’ll hate it.
While we’ve been teased with this film before, the studio has released an official trailer for the film which you can watch here:
There’s something very A Clockwork Orange about this film, which I absolutely love. Of all of Kubrick’s works, that film is my favorite as it deftly navigates horror, tragedy, and black comedy in a way that no other film I’ve ever seen has done, and with such confidence.
Part of it has to be because of the 70s aesthetic adapted to a near future setting, which tickles the dystopian future part of my brain, with films like Logan’s Run. The narrative of using an apartment building as a microcosm of the world actually does have a real world, personal connection for me.
As a writer, I work from home quite a bit, and there are days where I don’t leave my unit. Even if I do, where I live in the city is surrounded by many other buildings and all the services I need, which effectively means there’s no reason to travel anywhere more than five minutes by foot. This sometimes makes me go a bit stir crazy, so despite the heightened aesthetic of High-Rise, it rings alarmingly true to me.
I haven’t read the book, so I can’t say how true to the story this adaptation will be, but I can’t wait to watch the movie. High-Rise will be available on demand on April 28, 2016, and in will premiere in theaters on May 13, 2016. Here’s the official synopsis:
HIGH-RISE stars Hiddleston as Dr. Robert Laing, the newest resident of a luxurious apartment in a high-tech concrete skyscraper whose lofty location places him amongst the upper class. Laing quickly settles into high society life and meets the building’s eccentric tenants: Charlotte (Miller), his upstairs neighbor and bohemian single mother; Wilder (Evans), a charismatic documentarian who lives with his pregnant wife Helen (Moss); and Mr. Royal (Irons), the enigmatic architect who designed the building. Life seems like paradise to the solitude-seeking Laing. But as power outages become more frequent and building flaws emerge, particularly on the lower floors, the regimented social strata begins to crumble and the building becomes a battlefield in a literal class war. HIGH-RISE is the latest film by cult British director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, A Field in England), an ambitious adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel of the same name.