Ben Wheatey



HIGH-RISE stars Hiddleston as Dr. Robert Laing, the newest resident of a luxurious apartment in a high-tech concrete skyscraper whose lofty location places him amongst the upper class. Laing quickly settles into high society life and meets the building's eccentric tenants: Charlotte (Miller), his upstairs neighbor and bohemian single mother; Wilder (Evans), a charismatic documentarian who lives with his pregnant wife Helen (Moss); and Mr. Royal (Irons), the enigmatic architect who designed the building. Life seems like paradise to the solitude-seeking Laing. But as power outages become more frequent and building flaws emerge, particularly on the lower floors, the regimented social strata begins to crumble and the building becomes a battlefield in a literal class war.

#drama     #mystery    



Going into “High-Rise” I did not really know what I was going into. I saw the trailer and the cast though this doesn’t give a lot of information. After seeing the movie I was a bit staggered about the story but after having it settle it down a bit I am starting to wrap my head around it. Now I can definitely tell you the story is good and, in my opinion, very original. Furthermore the acting was quite solid as well, but for me Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons really stood out from the rest. Lastly, I also want to mention the music is very well placed. At times you’ll encounter some very special scenes just because of the use of sound and picture. All-in-all I can recommend “High-Rise” to anyone who is in for a “not-so conventional” film.

#great 3.5


The movie 'High-Rise' had me hooked from the first time I saw the trailer. The trailer made it look like a very original and interesting story, while not showing you anything regarding the actual plot of the movie. After watching the movie, I was happily surprised but also a bit let down. The story was just as interesting as I'd hoped it would be. The more you think about it, the better it gets. It boasted a great cast with good performances throughout, especially from Luke Evans, who stole the show as Wilder. It also had some great cinematography, which really brought you into the atmosphere of the High Rise itself. The sad thing however, for me, was the pacing. I felt the movie should have shortened some scenes and could have invested more time into the downfall of the High Rise itself. Overall, I would recommend "High Rise" to everybody who wants to see something special and original.

#enjoyable 3.0


High-Rise is indie director Ben Wheatey's latest movie. It is a film about social hierarchy set in the context of a High-Rise, yes the actual building. The picture boasts an original plot and it was interesting throughout, albeit with a few pacing problems. All members of the "all-star" cast put up a fine portrayal of their characters, with Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons and Luke Evans being the real standouts. In addition to these performances, we are also presented with great directing and cinematography as well as some awesome scores by Clint Mansell. Altogether, "High-Rise" won't be for everyone but if you are interested in a suspenseful and original movie, this might just be something up your alley.

#great 3.5