J.G Ballard’s book hits the big screen with a creepy sky view of wealthy people a la Lord of the Flies
Ben Wheatley’s adaption of High-Rise starts as a creepy gorgeous looking film. The film follow the life of Dr. Robert Laing, a new residence in an apartment style tower, who quickly learns that his new home may not be the one he was expecting. This little indie stars Tom Hiddleston, Luke Evans and Elizabeth Moss.
High-Rise starts really strong. It introduces us to its main characters and to a sense of uneasiness. This uneasiness builds along with a beautiful style to a point where you get intrigued. All this makes for an interesting premise. As the movie builds the characters get creepier and creepier and the story develops slowly but surely until director Ben Wheatley has no idea where to go or how to end this movie. The whole movie just stalls to a point where everything gets repetitive and no longer intriguing. Scenes just keep coming, but nothing is building. The same old things that was once shocking just feel familiar.
Although, High-Rise’s style may be its best friend, it’s also its worst enemy. While the style is beautiful, it sometimes gets in the way of the story. It was like the director was too preoccupied by the style of the movie and the story was left in the backseat. The people making the movie never sit down and think of a way to adapt the story. They only think of a way to adapt the feel and style of the book.
Nevertheless, the writers do a good job of show-casing the political and social metaphors in a very dark and gritty way, but the characters suffer because of this. They never find a reason as to why the characters want or need to stay in the horrible and dangerous conditions inside the building. It is frustrating to see the characters never question themselves about their homes being destroyed or why people do the things they do. The movie never dwells into this and thus, feeling like puzzle with missing pieces.
High-Rise never goes back to its quality start and the lack of explanation makes this artsy movie lose all its realism. However, it does have a cool stylish feel and some great shots. It just does not feel like a whole movie. And just when you think the film is sailing smoothly, High-Rise turns off their engine and the plane crashes into the skyscraper it was so eager to finish building.