British director Ben Wheatley has quietly become one of the most interesting filmmakers alive with a challenging yet entertaining back catalogue ranging from sly satires to traumatic thrillers. His latest is no exception, a dark adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s classic 1975 novel following the residents of a London skyscraper as their increasingly insulated world becomes a disturbing madhouse. Boasting a phenomenal cast led by Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans, it’s more heavy handed than Wheatley’s best efforts, but just as thought provoking and discomforting – and a clear certainty to divide opinion. Hypnotic, chaotic and genuinely bizarre, High-Rise is a surreal trip of a movie.

High Rise poster

3 Stars

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