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989 Ratings


Directed by Ben Wheatley
United Kingdom, 2015
Action, Drama, Sci-Fi


Tom Hiddleston stars as a doctor named Laing who moves into the 25th floor of the titular building. He’s very well-to-do, but the tenants who are richer than he is that occupy the floors above him treat him as an inferior. The building’s architect occupies the penthouse with this crazy wife.

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High-Rise Directed by Ben Wheatley
In pounding home its theme of class conflict in a dystopian condo building, this garbage-strewn, rotten film betrays J. G. Ballard’s 1975 novel to the max. While its theme couldn’t be more timely, High-Rise’s incompetent mise-en-scène reduces everything to trash. In its ugly excess, it succumbs, by accident, to Hal Foster’s anti-aesthetic: it can’t be enjoyed.
August 12, 2016
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I would go so far as to suggest that Wheatley’s High-Rise is the best major film of a Ballard novel to date… The film doesn’t so much strike a balance between fidelity and invention as develop an intensely fetishistic relationship to the novel and its period that, rather like Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon (1975), comes out the other side of historical accuracy to a place far more compelling.
August 09, 2016
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When one has a trademark, one must exploit it. But the wisdom of propagating any kind of white savior narrative during the charged era of Black Lives Matter surely must have seemed dubious, no? …Strangely enough, though, if you can put these considerations aside—or, I suppose, if you never cared about such considerations in the first place—“The Legend of Tarzan” is a pretty good action-adventure movie.
June 29, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film High-Rise

    Fans can intellectualize about this "social critique" set in a future/1970's monster apartment building, but I swear I didn't understand a lot of what was going on. The story is chaotic and absurd but the images so masterfully crafted that it doesn't matter. Images composed like paintings, a great watch. A+ soundtrack too, with 2 great covers of Abba's "S.O.S.". See this one in the theater.

  • chanandre's rating of the film High-Rise

    Huge let-down. Should have been directed in the 70s by Kubrick, Cronenberg or Carpenter. (Sienna Miller and Hiddleston are great as per usual).

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film High-Rise

    Social disruption at the top of a skyscraper, in the 80s. WEATLEY is good at filming Jeremy IRONS's down fall and Sienna MILLER's lower back. Tom HIDDLESTON dandy at the top. === Dégringolade sociale, du haut d'un gratte ciel, dans les années 80. WEATLEY est fort pour filmer la chute de Jeremy IRONS, et la chute de reins de Sienna MILLER. Tom HIDDLESTON dandy à souhait.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film High-Rise

    Mr. Ballard may be one of the more difficult writers to adapt. Things that work in print are sometimes only mildly successful in movies. Spielberg turned him into schmaltz, Cronenberg turned him into porno, and Wheatley created a visual splendour that added up to very little.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film High-Rise

    Allegoric tale about social classes. Korean filmmakers would choose a train as location, French directors a prison and Italian masters an opera house. Ben Wheatley is British and, loyal to J.G. Ballard, chose a tower. It's boring at times but I liked its ' Brazil ' flavour. Recommended.

  • Z's rating of the film High-Rise

    An ambitious, frenzied, flawed, quite fascinating watch. Wheatley's Ballard adaptation feels like a half a dozen movies crammed into one narrative. The effect is kaleidoscopic, disorienting, sometimes thrilling and certainly never boring. The actors are all well cast, but seem to be competing with the art direction for screen time. Wheatley's brazen, bold, calamitous provocation is not easily dismissed or forgotten.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film High-Rise

    Ben Wheatley is the most creative and interesting modern director that I rarely actually like. High-Rise is his most recent brave and unique effort, adapted from the J.G. Ballard novel. The first 70 minutes of this 120-minute film set everything up well concerning the literal social class warfare. It then skims over information often in the last act. Well styled, but simply should've been longer or more focused.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film High-Rise

    On my first watch I wasn't able to formulate a proper opinion, but seeing it again made everything clearer: the main problem here is the lack of subtlety with the transition between the organised utopia and the chaotic anarchy inside the building... exactly in the middle of the film everything and everyone wreaks havoc because of a pool party. Besides that, this retro-futuristic thriller is stunning to look at.

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