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Director: Ben Wheatley
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller
Genre: Dystopian drama
Duration: 119 mins

High Rise is director Ben Wheatley’s vision of J.G. Ballard’s dystopian novel about residents of a luxury apartment block descending into savagery. Tom Hiddleston heads a fabulous cast as Laing, a surgeon who moves into a high-tech tower on the outskirts of London. The luxury apartment block is the brutalist brainchild of architect Royal (Jeremy Irons). It offers residents everything they need – except contact with the outside world. When the concrete monolith’s electrical circuits malfunction, so does the moral compass of everyone inside. Decadence and depravity become the new norm. Amidst the chaos, Wheatley and screenwriter Amy Jump hammer home Ballard’s stinging sociopolitical satire about the thin line between human advancement and de-evolution of the species.

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