The High-Rise seems a perfect place: a state of the art building, designed by a God-like architect and with beautiful people inhabiting the modern apartments. Until the balance between the lower and upper floors goes awry and this micro-society slips into violence. A Hobessian state of eat-or-be-eaten takes hold of the entire building, resulting in orgies, rape and murder. In this madness some seem to find their peace and finally feel alive.
A great movie, visually very attractive and with the ambition to teach some lessons. An intriguing one is that the reason for this huge experiment going wrong is not a lack of diversity, but because the architect has – ‘put in too many elements’ in the building.
High-Rise, Ben Wheatley (2016) ****