New HIGH-RISE Trailer Reaches New Heights Of Anxious Angst

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New HIGH-RISE Trailer Reaches New Heights Of Anxious Angst
What I love about director Ben Wheatley is that he continues to take on challenges that are new and different than what he's already done. High-Rise is the latest example. 

Based on a novel by J.G. Ballard, the film stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss and James Purefoy. Hiddleston moves into a high-rise apartment building that offers a completely insular community for its residents, which is all fine and good until the systems begin to break down and then everything goes to hell. 

Our own Kurt Halfyard was not terribly enchanted after seeing it at the Toronto fest: "The filmmaking here felt more like a challenge to disengage with the material. Yes, it is very punk and all, but so what? One can cringe at the bacchanal excesses of the upper floors, observe the emptiness of Dr. Laing's unpacked non-existence, or giggle a bit at Elizabeth Moss's absurd pregnancy belly and her sea of neglected children on the lower floors. This is not so much a story as a montage played out in very slow motion." 

I saw it at Fantastic Fest last September, where it was greeted with decidedly mixed reactions. Frankly, I was exhausted and sat in the front row, so my perspective was even more skewed than ever. I didn't really "like" the film but it's certainly stayed in my mind as a distinctive and highly personal work, and, perversely, I look forward to watching it again when I'm fully awake. 

High-Rise will be released later this year in the U.S. Here's a new trailer, to watch and wonder about. 
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Ben WheatleyJeremy IronsJG BallardSienna MillerTom Hiddleston

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suckit15694January 7, 2016 3:28 PM

one of the best previews ever!

MehliensJanuary 8, 2016 8:17 AM

Can't wait to see it myself. From the negative reviews I can already tell this is going to be full blown masterpiece. I love it for the Tangerine Dream soundtrack alone. It kinda reminds me of the negative reviews that Cosmopolis got and it almost instantly became one of my favorite films since 2010 or so.

MehliensJanuary 8, 2016 10:03 AM

I never thought Ballard was angsty. He rarely criticizes cultural phenomena in an angsty way but rather presents it with poignant satire and grotesque, which is the opposite of angsty. Ballard was way too intelligent for angsty. Just saying...