Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I haven’t been shy about lavishing praise on High-Rise, the latest piece of deranged and extraordinary madness from director Ben Wheatley, but I also haven’t spared the caution. This film isn’t going to be for everyone, but for a select group of adventurous movie fans, it’s going to be one of the best absolute best films you experience in 2016.
Because the film itself has proven so divisive, much of the marketing has focused on the one thing everyone can agree on: the stellar cast. A new batch of posters have arrived, showing off stars Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, and Jeremy Irons. But since this is High-Rise, these character posters are just a little skewed.
The only major characters absent from this new series of posters are those played by Elizabeth Moss and James Purefoy, both of whom turn in very memorable performances in the movie. In addition to the character posters, you can also check out a new French poster in the gallery below, which isn’t as stylized as past one-sheets but is still very cool.
Although High-Rise looks like a science fiction or horror film at first glance, it is very much a satire, exploring how human beings are really just violent animals waiting to explode into violence as soon as soon as the ease of modern life starts to get a little too boring, or when everything that makes us feel safe and comfortable starts to get a little too unreliable. Most damning of all is how the film suggests that a savage life is perhaps more satisfying than a civilized one. Let’s just say that many rabid Tom Hiddleston fans are going to find their guy doing some very…unusual things in this movie. It will also drive literal-minded viewers up a wall.
Here is the synopsis for this very difficult-to-describe film:
High-Rise is an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel of the same name. The film centers on a new residential tower built on the eve of Margaret Thatcher’s rise to power, at the site of what will soon become the world’s financial hub. Designed as a luxurious solution to the problems of the city, it is a world apart.
Enter Robert Laing (Hiddleston), a young doctor seduced by the high-rise and its creator, the visionary architect Anthony Royal (Irons). Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal’s devoted aide Charlotte (Miller).
But rot has set in beneath the flawless surface. Sensing discord amongst the tenants, Laing meets Wilder, a charismatic provocateur bent on inciting the situation. Wilder initiates Laing into the hidden life of the high-rise and Laing is shocked at what he sees. As the residents break into tribal factions, Laing finds himself in the middle of mounting violence. Violence that he also finds emerging in himself.
High-Rise is set to open in the U.K. on March 18, 2016 via StudioCanal. American audiences will have to wait another month – Magnet will unleash the film on VOD, iTunes and Amazon on April 28 before releasing it in theaters on May 13. You can peruse the gallery of posters below.
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