Ben Wheatley is a totally singular vision. His movies (A Field in England, Kill List) play as shaggy, violent fever dreams. There is very little middle ground when it comes to Wheatley’s work. You’re either going to love it or you’re going to want to burn it to the ground. I love the man.
The trailer for Wheatley’s latest, an adaptation of JG Ballard’s novel, High-Rise, was just released. Telling the story of class warfare in a dystopian tower were the poor reside on the bottom floors, with the rich living in decadence at the top, High-Rise, enters our consciousness with a perfect trailer. It totally sells the tone of the movie without giving a single bit of plot away. Tom Hiddleston leads us through a glimpse of what promises to be another divisive tale from Mr. Wheatley.
High-Rise played at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was nearly universally reviled and also at Fantastic Fest to a more uproarious reception. I lean more toward the Fantastic Fest crowd when it comes to festival movie barometers, but we shall see when High-Rise is released in the US in 2016.
High-Rise stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elizabeth Moss. It is directed by Ben Wheatley from his script written with his partner, Amy Jump.
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