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High-Rise (2016)



Critic Consensus: 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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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.

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Tom Hiddleston
as Robert Laing
Jeremy Irons
as Anthony Royal
Sienna Miller
as Charlotte Melville
Luke Evans
as Richard Wilder
Elisabeth Moss
as Helen Wilder
James Purefoy
as Pangbourne
Keeley Hawes
as Ann Royal
Sienna Guillory
as Jane Sheridan
Tony Way
as Robert the Caretaker
Neil Maskell
as P.C. White
Maggie Cronin
as Mrs. Munrow
Kenneth Hadley
as Mr. Hillman
Michael Condron
as Delivery Man
Richard Croxford
as Upper Floor Resident
Patrick Buchanan
as Gym Instructor
Graham Duff
as Queue Person
Colin Ash
as Kid's Party Dad
Matt Faris
as Barricader
Karen Hassan
as Young Woman
Sara Dee
as High-Rise
Monique Kelly
as Wine Woman
Faolan Morgan
as Groping Man
James Murphy
as Upper Floor Man 2
Eileen Davies
as Mrs. Hillman
as Laing's Dead Sister
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All Critics (223) | Top Critics (48)

High-Rise may not be the greatest Ballard adaptation ever made, but it doesn't have to be: it stands on its own as a masterclass of the substance of style, and how stories told long ago can have often eerie, direct parallels in the future.

August 25, 2018 | Full Review…

High-Rise is just about the looniest garbage I have seen in a long while.

March 21, 2017 | Rating: F | Full Review…

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…

It's a very British subject, this obsession with class differences and class warfare, but Wheatley's compelling handling of the material -- though criticised in some quarters for its deliberately alienating elements -- seems on the mark.

August 19, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

Audience Reviews for High-Rise

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 Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

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"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
Christian C

Super Reviewer

With this disastrous adaptation of J. G. Ballard, Ben Wheatley only proves that he is an awful director who has gotten a lot more attention than he deserved. Full review on filmotrope. com

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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