Friday, May 13, 2016

High-Rise (2015)

Director: Ben Wheatley. Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss. 119 min. Rated R. Ireland/UK/Belgium. Drama/Sci-fi.

A fictional high-rise apartment is governed like a society: the higher ruling class lives on the upper floors, the lower class on the lower floors. After awhile, the lower floors start to revolt. Snowpiercer, anybody? While that perpetual-motion train story was much more imaginative, High-Rise, based on a 1975 J.G, Ballard novel (with a 70s vibe that is wisely incorporated into the movie), suffers from a sense of imposed wackiness - what brought Snowpiercer to life, doesn't quite work here. Tom Hiddleston is the movie's only strong point, and I could so much see him as the next James Bond.

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