High-Rise (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | R | Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action
119 minutes /

User Score: 50/100

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High-Rise Review


Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control.

High-Rise (2015) is an excellent British science fiction drama film that has quite a bit of action. Director Ben Wheatley (Kill List (2011), Sightseers (2012), Down Terrace (2009), A Field in England (2013)) excelled at executing this fascinating film. The film as disturbing in the sense of manner how normal it’s apocalypse is. I was in total disbelief as I saw how a healthy society gradually collapses into a world of brutality and anarchy. High-Rise shows us how an insulated community collapsed into chaos. High-Rise reminds me of a movie where everyone lived on a train but were divided by wealth where the upper class had a luxurious life, and the lower class were fed filth and lived in poverty. On another note, the movie was filmed in three locations in Northern Ireland, UK.

High-Rise takes place as Margaret Thatcher becomes the head of Britain’s Conservative Party. Dr. Robert Laing ( Tom Hiddleston - The Avengers (2012), Thor (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)) is a young doctor in 1975. Robert moved into a posh/luxury high-rise apartment on the twenty-fifth floor of a building that has supermarkets and gymnasiums in it as well as its own upper and lower classes. Robert soon discovered a world of loyalties and got seduced by the lifestyle in the high rise. He quickly made friends and started a relationship with Charlotte (Sienna Miller - Foxcatcher (2014), Stardust (2007), Burnt (2015), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)) who is one of the Royals aides. Robert also made friends with documentary filmmaker Richard Wilder ( Luke Evans - Dracula Untold (2014), Fast & Furious 6 (2013), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), The Raven (2012)) who lives on the second floor. Skip forward and a violent outcome hits the high-rise, and that is mainly because the poor and rich are not much different as both are revolting.

All that can be seen in the once luxurious high-rise is now garbage filled hallways with fires, robberies, murders, and orgies. Robert does not want to be involved in it and tries his best to stay clear of the situation. The movie is a sad movie and will make you question life and how far fetched it can be at times between lower class and the upper class. I had several opinions, thoughts, and questions after seeing the movie and so will you. The film was beautifully captured from the right angles and has excellent graphics. It was entertaining, interesting, mind boggling and will shed light on certain things going on around the world or, at least, hint at it. Everyone should watch High-Rise whenever possible because it is one of a kind movie. Tom Hiddleston’s performance was the best as he appears well measured and then Luke Evans was also remarkable with his role. The other actors did a great job as well, and the cinematographer did an excellent job as well as the sound, special effects, and makeup department.

About High-Rise 2015

Title: High-Rise
Original Title: High Rise
Year: 2015
Runtime: 119 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.5/5 stars from 26 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 26
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Luke Evans, Sienna Guillory, Neil Maskell, Tony Way, Jeremy Irons, Peter Ferdinando, Reece Shearsmith, Enzo Cilenti, James Purefoy, Julia Deakin, Sara Dee, Frank Cannon, Eileen Davies, Kenneth Hadley, Tony Brown, Felicity McKee, Emilia Jones, James Tolcher, Bill Paterson, Elisabeth Moss, Louis Suc, Jay-Dee, Alexandra Weaver, Julia Effertz, Victoria Wicks, Colin Ash, Joseph Harmon, Graham Duff, Dylan Edwards
Writers: Amy Jump, J.G. Ballard
Director: Ben Wheatley