A new clip for Ben Wheatley‘s psycho sociopolitical satire High-Rise has hit the web, and it’s about as far out as you’d expect. With a steady stream of films since his excellent 2009 feature debut Down Terrace, Wheatley has established himself as one of the most fearlessly odd and consistently unpredictable filmmakers on the market. His skewed sense of humor, a penchant for moments of ultra-violence, and general head-tripping panache can make his films a bit challenging at times, the reward is always a singular cinematic experience.
Wheatley looks to be in peak form with High-Rise. Adapted from J.G. Ballard’s classic novel, the film stars Tom Hiddleston as Dr. Robert Laing, a man seeking quiet and anonymity in his new apartment who finds his bizarre collection of neighbors aren’t too keen to leave him well enough alone. Thanks to the indulgent lifestyle within the ultra-modern compound and a simmering threat of class warfare between the upper and lower floors, Laing finds himself headed down a debauched path of questionable sanity.
Also starring Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, and Sienna Guillory, High-Rise is due out in US theaters May 13th. Check out the new clip below.
Here’s the High Rise synopsis.
Adapted from J.G. Ballard’s visionary novel by screenwriter Amy Jump, HIGH – RISE stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss.
1975. Two miles west of London, Dr. Robert Laing moves into his new apartment seeking soulless anonymity, only to find that the building’s residents have no intention of leaving him alone. Resigned to the complex social dynamics unfolding around him, Laing bites the bullet and becomes neighbourly. As he struggles to establish his position, Laing’s good manners and sanity disintegrate along with the building. The lights go out and the lifts fail but the party goes on. People are the problem. Booze is the currency. Sex is the panacea. Only much later, as he sits on his balcony eating the architect’s dog, does Dr. Robert Laing finally feel at home…..