Television review In an interesting High-Rise film with a retrofuturistic imagery, the tower house is a model of society

High-Rise is based on JG Ballard’s novel of the same name.

High-Rise ★★★

Britain 2015

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High-Rise based on JG Ballardin novel Tower house, who was, among other things, the singer of the band Joy Division Ian Curtisin favorite books. Large British producer Jeremy Thomas wanted to make it a film back in the 1970s.

Eventually Ben Wheatley directed it and his wife Amy Jump scripted. Wheatley is a strange bird in British contemporary film, a stylist who favors black humor that goes to the brink of horror.

High-Rise located in the state-of-the-art concrete brutalist tower in the 1970s, with Dr. Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) to amend. The house has its own supermarket, gym and school.

The house is a miniature model of society, with lower middle class living on the lower floors and eye-catching upstairs. As in the 1970s, tobacco is smoked all the time.

The top 40th floor is home to architect Anthony Royal, who designed the pyting (Jeremy Irons). The meaning of his last name – royal – there is a clear symbolism, especially when the rough-behaving dune intelligents of the subclass are Richard Wilder (Luke Evans) – wilder.

The order of the tower house begins to collapse. The electricity is cut off, the festivities recede into orgies and the consumer celebrations into a battle for the market’s latest products.

High-Rise is closely related David Cronenbergin Crashille (1996), which was also based on Ballard’s surreal book. In both, Ballard described the effects on people of a rampant consumer society in the 1970s.

Wheatley has no Cronenberg-like tax grip. High-Rise he straightens out bends in psychology and doesn’t really care about credibility. But retrofuturistic images of worsening chaos are as interesting as a slowed-down crash would look.


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