One of the weirdest movies I saw at the Toronto International Film Festival last year was writer/director Ben Wheatley’s dark comedy High-Rise. Based on the novel of the same name by J.G. Ballard, the film is essentially a violent satire about class warfare, albeit permeated with Wheatley’s signature touch throughout, which means gleeful violence, head-trippy sequences, and some odd narrative turns in the second half of the movie. There were certainly those that took fully to Wheatley’s brand of satire, but I have to say the film wasn’t really for me.
That’s not to say it’s not worthwhile though, and if anything these new images released today may convince you to check it out regardless. Star Tom Hiddleston strips down to nothing but a magazine at one point in the film, and that particular scene is teased here along with the rest of the admittedly terrific ensemble.
The story takes place in the 1970s as Hiddleston’s character is the new tenant of the building, but he quickly discovers that the high-rise itself is segregated into classes based on wealth and status, with its reclusive architect (Jeremy Irons) inhabiting the top floor. In addition to the reliable Hiddleston, co-star Luke Evans also gives a pretty fantastic performance in the movie, and I look forward to seeing how the film goes over when it opens in theaters on April 28th.