High-rise

High-rise

Downloadable Video - 2016
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Tom Hiddleston stars as Dr. Laing, resident in a high-tech skyscraper, which places him amongst the upper class. Laing meets the other tenants: Charlotte (Sienna Miller), a bohemian single mother; Wilder (Luke Evans), a charismatic documentarian and his wife Helen; and Mr. Royal, the architect. As building flaws emerge, the social strata starts to crumble and the building descends into a class war.

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jim14green98
Jun 23, 2019

Ben Wheatley;director of Kill-list, Sight-seers, and A field in England + j g Ballard; author of The drowned/crystal/burning world, Crash and Empire of the sun + actors Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston = what SHOULD'VE Been a masterpeice and not a cluttered imcomprehensible mess that made about as much sense as that one kid's kelidoscope.

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851RichmondRoad
Jun 10, 2019

Unfortunately when I started watching this movie, being an animal lover, I wasn’t able to get past Tom Hiddleston’s character frying up his dog’s leg like chicken. I love Tom Hiddleston and also a very large variety of movies where I would have probably watched it all. Of well......

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acooke
Jun 03, 2019

Gory and violent.

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jaymelee
Jan 26, 2019

Enjoyed this movie, although at times it was a bit hard to understand what was going on. I read the book which helped with my understanding but I definitely felt it was missing some crucial information. Acting was great and overall a rather dark humour creepy movie.

Hillsboro_BrianS Dec 11, 2018

HIGH-RISE is what happens when you take DOWNTON ABBEY, cross it with LORD OF THE FLIES inside A CLOCKWORK ORANGE/STANLEY KUBRICK alternate 1970s. It's misanthropic, violent, very British, and extremely darkly humorous.

It's definitely not for everyone, but fans of the original novel by JG Ballard, the aformentioned KUBRICK, DAVID LYNCH, 1970s sci-fi, and HIPGNOSIS album covers will definitely approve.

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Shikita
Nov 18, 2018

Strange

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amanoletters99
Sep 30, 2018

A diamond in the rough. An excellent film adaptation of Ballard's novel; well acted, great editing and cinematography. Not exactly the most inspiring film but we are what we are, and sometimes we humans can get a bit ugly, which is what this story portrays. High rise living is kind of creepy in its own design, don't you think? Well you will after watching this gem.

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sto_b
Aug 20, 2018

Thanks to VPL for this choice.

That is what happen when the ignorance is getting rich and is repeating the history.
There is a moral lesson here. Considering the ongoing segregation in the new buildings in Vancouver, based on income, where even the kids are segregated on the playground, I am not so positive, neither so indifferent like some other comments

This movie could be joint to other extreme "high-rise" version presented in the Indonesian movie "The Raid". Both movies complete what appears in soft version or hard reality of oppression in some local buildings.

We have to be careful when the big evil is taking slowly place around, These movies are waking up for everyone who cares. Moreover the future is high-rise for all.

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followthesun1
Aug 20, 2018

I’ve seen this film 3 times and pick up on different things each time. It’s definitely polarizing, but that’s a good thing. I think it’s a terrific film that is brave enough to go in some challenging directions. Certainly not for an easy-viewing movie night. I watched a couple of film festival q and a sessions with the cast and found those added to my enjoyment of the film for my third viewing, along with the DVD commentary.

I ENJOYED THE NOVEL OF THE SAME NAME, BY J.G. BALLARD, SO I WAS BIASED TO ENJOY THE FILM. THE SEX SCENES TITILLATED ( LET US SAY I WOULD NEVER KICK SIENNA MILLER OUT OF MY BED). THE CLASS WARFARE ANGLE DID NOT COME OVER AS CLEARLY AS IT DID IN THE NOVEL. HMMMM..... HAS THERE BEEN A REALLY GOOD VERSION OF 1984 DONE YET? HOW ABOUT BRAVE NEW WORLD? THOMAS MORE'S UTOPIA? B.F. SKINNER'S WALDEN? How does one make an 'apocalyptic romp'? You mean like CALIGULA was a Roman Empire romp? If so, you need better, longer sex scenes. By the way, CALIGULA makes my top 15 list of films.

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jaymelee
Jan 26, 2019

jaymelee thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Hillsboro_BrianS Nov 06, 2018

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Les_J
Apr 19, 2017

violent murders, nudity, sex, mixed in with a few scenes of critical thinking (not much of that).
The plot is a mess. I am reminded of how Fight Club (Brad Pitt, Ed Norton) did this type of movie before, but coherently.

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jimg2000
Nov 09, 2016

Annotation excerpt from High Rise novel:

"High Rise" centers around four major characters: Dr. Robert Laing, an instructor at a local medical school, Richard Wilder, a television documentary producer, Anthony Royal, an architect, and the high rise building all three live in with 2,000 other people. Throughout the story, Ballard switches back and forth between these three people, recording their thoughts and actions as they live their lives in the new high-rise apartment building. Ballard made sure to pick three separate people living on different floors of the forty floor building: Laing lives on the twenty fifth floor, Wilder lives on the second floor, and Royal lives in a penthouse on the fortieth floor (befitting his status as the designer of the building). Where you live in this structure will soon take on an importance beyond life itself. At the beginning of the story, most of the people living in the building get along quite well. There are the usual nitpicky problems one would expect when 2,000 people are jammed together, but overall people move freely from the top to the bottom floors. A person living on the bottom floors can easily go to the observation deck on the top of the building to enjoy the view, or shop at the two banks of stores on the tenth and thirty-fifth floors. Children swim and play in the pools and playgrounds throughout the high rise without any interference. Despite the fact that well to do people live in the building, with celebrities and executives on the top floors, middle-class people on the middle floors, and airline pilots and the like on the bottom ten floors, everyone gets along reasonably well-at first. Then things change. The gossip level increases among the residents, and parties held on different floors start to exclude people from other areas.

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