Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control.

Director:

Ben Wheatley

Writers:

Amy Jump, J.G. Ballard (novel)
Reviews
Popularity
1,332 ( 574)
6 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hiddleston ... Laing
Jeremy Irons ... Royal
Sienna Miller ... Charlotte
Luke Evans ... Wilder
Elisabeth Moss ... Helen
James Purefoy ... Pangbourne
Keeley Hawes ... Ann
Peter Ferdinando ... Cosgrove
Sienna Guillory ... Jane
Reece Shearsmith ... Steele
Enzo Cilenti ... Talbot
Augustus Prew ... Munrow
Dan Renton Skinner Dan Renton Skinner ... Simmons (as Dan Skinner)
Stacy Martin ... Fay
Tony Way ... Robert the Caretaker
Edit

Storyline

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms. Written by David R Turner

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Leave the real world behind See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images, strong sexual content/graphic nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In about 80% of the scenes, someone is always smoking. See more »

Goofs

At one point there's a car right outside the building with a clearly made-up number plate. Something like DAE 080X. The leading zero is incorrect, X is 1981 (the film is set in the 1970s) and the number plate font is the newer post-2001 one. A shame as the effort to amass all the cars must have been huge. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Laing: [narrating] For all its inconveniences, Laing was satisfied with life in the high-rise. Now that so many of the residents were out of the way, he felt able to relax. More in charge of himself. Ready to move forward and explore life. How and where, exactly, he had not yet decided.
Nathan Steele: [checking teeth] I see the rot's set in. Do you fancy a drink? Cosgrove is here. All boys together.
[indicates a dead man]
Laing: Sometimes he found it difficult not to believe they were living in a future that had ...
See more »


Soundtracks

Co Co Pino
Written by Gabi Delgado-Lopez (as Gabi Delgado Lopez), Robert Görl (as Robert Goerl), Chrislo Haas (as Chris Haas) and Wolfgang Spelmanns
Courtesy of Wintrup Musikverlag, Detmold/Germany
Performed by Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft
Licensed courtesy of Mute Artists Limited
See more »

User Reviews

 
Too incoherent to convey a clear message
10 July 2016 | by rubenmSee all my reviews

Is High-Rise an anti-capitalist manifesto, meant to show the evil of inequality? Is it an attack on the British class society? Is it meant to show how modern architecture alienates people from each other? Or is it just a succession of weird scenes, giving the director the opportunity to show off? There's something to say for all of the above, but I'm inclined towards the last. The film really is too incoherent to convey a clear message or idea. The metaphor of a huge high-rise building to symbolize society at large is interesting, but could have been better expressed. As it is now, the metaphor gets mostly lost in an avalanche of weird, decadent or shocking scenes. As a viewer, you keep waiting for the story to become clear, but it never really happens.

This is even more annoying because the film is much too long, and already from the start it's clear how it ends because the whole story is one large flash back. The result is zero suspense and maximum weariness.


134 of 172 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 213 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

UK | Ireland | Belgium

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

High Rise See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,887, 15 May 2016

Gross USA:

$346,472

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,289,074
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (super8 footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed