Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
The third-act shootout is a staple of a certain kind of film, but in Ben Wheatley‘s Free Fire it’s essentially the entire movie. Against all odds, it works. Wheatley stages a never-ending knock-down-drag-out fight, trapping one woman and about a dozen men in an abandoned warehouse and then inviting us to sit back and watch as the bullets and the jokes ricochet off one another. The result is a furiously entertaining exercise that left me buzzing with energy long after I’d left the theater. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The impending arrival of new Ben Wheatley movie is always a cause for celebration. The genius (yes, I’ll break out the “G” word) behind films like Kill List, Sightseers, and High-Rise has been a favorite of mine for years, leaping between genres while maintaining his signature dark comedy and unflinching ability to sell genuine pain and terror. His new film, Free Fire, is built around a premise that is simultaneously old school and high concept: two groups of criminals in 1970s Boston arrange an arms deal in an old warehouse, things go south, guns are drawn…and they proceed to engage in a gun battle that plays out over the course of the entire movie, mostly in real time.
The first Free Fire trailer has arrived (in bloody, NSFW red band form!) and you can check it out below.
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Ben Wheatley is one of the most exciting filmmakers working today and I look forward to each of his movies like a kid looks forward to Christmas. I named Kill List one of my fifteen favorite movies of all time. I think High-Rise, which is currently available on VOD and hits theaters this week, is an astonishing (if divisive) achievement. I have a Sightseers poster on my office wall. I’m in the tank for the man.
So yes, I’m very much looking forward to his next film, Free Fire, which is finished and awaiting a release date as we speak. In the meantime, we can enjoy the first image from the movie, which shows off the awesome ensemble in some colorful duds.
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High-Rise started dividing audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival. I was lucky enough to see Ben Wheatley‘s (Kill List) adaptation of J.G. Ballard‘s novel a few short weeks later at Fantastic Fest, where it was embraced more warmly by festivalgoers. High-Rise is far from a movie for everyone, and it’s better for it.
Watch the latest High-Rise trailer below.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
Tom Hiddleston is one of the few Marvel stars sitting out this summer’s Captain America: Civil War, but he might have something even better up his sleeve. This spring brings the release of Ben Wheatley‘s High-Rise, in which he plays a doctor named Robert Laing who moves into a high-end apartment building. He’s seduced by the easy luxury of life in the tower, which seemingly has everything a young man could need.
But tension and unease are brewing between the classes, and a charismatic provocateur named Wilder (Luke Evans) is fanning the flames of revolution. Full-fledged chaos breaks out, and Laing finds himself swept up as well. Watch the latest High-Rise trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
When I wrote about the new poster for Ben Wheatley‘s High-Rise a few days ago, I wondered how StudioCanal and Magnet were going to sell this mesmerizing, strange, and frequently brutal satire. Now that a trailer has arrived, it’s time to start answering that question.
The new High-Rise trailer is light on character and story, but heavy on mood, putting the film’s stifling atmosphere and slick visuals at the forefront. The best thing that can be said about this preview, which you can watch below, is that is does a fantastic job of capturing what this difficult sell of a movie actually feels like.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I ended up seeing High-Rise twice at last year’s Fantastic Fest film festival. The first time was because I will see every single movie that Ben Wheatley makes. The second time was to make sure I wasn’t crazy for loving it as much as I did. It’s rare to see a movie divide people quite like how High-Rise divides its audience. This is a genuinely unpleasant, ugly little movie and it’s hard to begrudge anyone for loathing it. But it’s also smart and blackly hilarious and impeccably crafted satire. High-Rise finds Wheatley wielding a sledgehammer to drive home his various points, but it’s hard to care about subtlety when that instrument is being utilized by a master filmmaker. This is finely orchestrated, bravely performed, sci-tinged chaos that daring film fans should go out of their way to see.
All of that to introduce at new poster for the movie? You betcha. Check out the new High-Rise poster below.
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After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year, Ben Wheatley‘s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s 1975 novel High-Rise was finally picked up by Magnolia Pictures for release via their niche distribution arm Magnet Releasing. And with that deal in place, we now have the first High-Rise trailer, which functions as both a teaser for the movie and an advertisement for the titular London apartment complex where strange and vicious things may be afoot, all narrated by star Tom Hiddletson. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Henri-Georges Clouzot‘s The Wages of Fear is one of the best thrillers ever made, a despairing, sentiment-free, white-knuckle road trip into a nightmare. When it comes to powerful portraits of shattered masculinity barely surviving in the shadow of capitalism and existential dread, cinema pretty much peaked in 1953. So it’s actually kind of insane that William Friedkin‘s 1977 remake, Sorcerer, is also a masterpiece, although you’ll find two dedicated camps debating over which version is superior.
Now, a third take on the material is on the day. Ben Wheatley, the twisted genius behind Kill List, Sightseers, and A Field in England, is in talks to remake The Wages of Fear and we’re oddly cool about it. After all, things worked out pretty well the last time a genius filmmaker decided to remake this movie, and here’s a hot take for you: Wheatley is a brilliant talent who deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as Clouzot and Friedkin. He’s one of the few filmmakers working today who deserves a “remake whatever the hell you want” pass.
Find everything we currently know about the Wages of Fear remake after the jump.
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There’s no trailer for Ben Wheatley‘s High-Rise, seemingly in part because there’s isn’t a firm release plan announced in the UK, and no US distributor. We’re waiting eagerly for news of the film’s theatrical release. In the meantime, however, we’ve got two new High-Rise images showing Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, and Elisabeth Moss as they appear in the film.
And while images of Hiddleston’s character that we’ve seen in the past (like the one above) made the guy look like his life is pretty together, this new shot shows him in a different place. And then there’s a shot of Irons which is a bit mysterious, even ominous. Read More »