June 7 / 16
Hello and Good Morning. Time for a film review of High Rise. I’m slowly getting along to seeing some new films and this one was on my must-see list of films.
Director Ben Wheatley (A Field in England) takes the helm of High Rise, based on the 1975 novel by J.G. Ballard. The film takes place in decadent 1970’s.
Tom Hiddleston is Dr. Robert Laing, a doctor who moves into the 25th floor of a 40 story luxury apartment block complex in the outskirts of London. The building has all the amenities the residents need. A gym, spa, swimming pool, a supermarket, even a primary school. Who needs to leave the building after work when you have all that, right? Problem is the residents become closed off from the world. The wealthier residents live on the upper floors, while the lower class live below. Dr. Laing is pretty much in the middle. Jeremy Irons is Anthony Royal, the architect of the high-rise apartments. He lives on the top penthouse floor, with a rooftop garden.
Things are going well for Laing and the residents, but the complex is experiencing problems. Like the water turning off, the garbage shoots clogging up, and power failure. Tensions between the upper and lower floor residents begin to rise. Soon chaos and violence start to become common place. The whole infrastructure begins to crack as the residents divide into tribe like groups, fighting for survival. Anything goes inside the building…..endless parties, sexual orgies, even murder. Royal just turns a blind eye to it all, even telling the police that everything is fine, when clearly it isn’t.
This is a totally different turn for Hiddleston. He’s good as Loki, but he does what the role requires in this film. Here is a man trying to get away from it all, only to be in the middle of all this utopian madness, loosing some of his sanity along with it. Hiddleston is not the only person who impressed me. That goes to Luke Evans. As documentary filmmaker Richard Wilder, Evans adds a certain sort of gruffness. You really want to know what he’s up to next. Sienna Miller as single mother Charlotte Melvin, who Laing aggressively shags on a patio table, looks bored and wants nothing to do with anyone. Elisabeth Moss as Helen, Richard Wilder’s heavily pregnant wife, is just there….nothing more, nothing less. Irons, well he’s got to be there.
All in all High Rise is the type of film you or I are curious to see, but was it worth it? Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the film, but it felt like a wild, dystopian, psychedelic ride into the unknown, only to come out slightly confused.
Maybe you guys enjoyed the film, maybe you didn’t. Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday and always be blessed!
P.S…..I couldn’t resist this……
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