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Thursday, May 5, 2016

HIGH-RISE Is a Disturbing Hot Mess



Guys, HIGH-RISE is just about the looniest garbage I have seen in a long while. And I wanted to love it. I mean, Tom Hiddleston is in it, as is Elisabeth Moss, so that's gotta count for something, right? NOPE.

At its core, HIGH-RISE directed by Ben Wheatler (Kill List) tells the story of a classless, baseless, society through the deterioration of an upscale skyscraper filled with upscale apartments filled with meaningless people who go apes**t after a power outrage levels the upper class with, well, the upper upper class. The end. No really, it's as petty and ignorant to reality as it sounds--which is the most frustrating part about it. That and the fact that it's the kind of crap that many film snobs consider art in the face of trash. Yeah, I said it.

So what's good about it? Well, as I said Hiddleston is always a delight to watch. He's clearly enjoying himself here, wallowing in the filth that is apparently the sub-premise of the narrative. His character, Laing, an architect, dances, destroys his apartment, sunbathes naked on his balcony, and screws all the pretty girls in their shallow, affluent complex. He's, I guess, living the dream. Meanwhile, his neighbors (played by Moss, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, and Luke Evans), having lived in the building years before him and distant from the outside world, are embarking on rabid crime sprees and committing sins throughout the building--
murder, theft, rape, adultery, you name it. That's how they're dealing with the fear of being among the pedestrian (aka the lower level floors).

HIGH-RISE, while nicely shot even at its most maniacal, is ultimately empty with a disastrously constructed narrative. While its recurring theme projects anxieties over a socialist society, the delivery is tone deaf and thoroughly problematic.

Rating: F (no stars)

HIGH-RISE is now playing.

1 comments:

Brittani Burnham said...

I was intrigued when I saw the poster of naked Hiddleston...then I read all the reviews, and nope. This sounds terrible. I'll take your word for it.

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