Director: Ben Wheatley Run Time: 112 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 2016
Starring: Elizabeth Moss, Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans, Sienna Miller, Tom Hiddleston
Nitehawk’s presents midnite screening of Ben Wheatley’s dystopic vision of the J.G. Ballard novel, HIGH-RISE.
Based on J.G. Ballard’s 1975 novel, High-Rise shows Dr. Robert Laing, the newest resident of a luxurious apartment in a high-tech concrete skyscraper whose lofty location places him amongst the upper class. Laing quickly settles into high society life and meets the building’s eccentric tenants: Charlotte, his upstairs neighbor and bohemian single mother; Wilder, a charismatic documentarian who lives with his pregnant wife Helen; and Mr. Royal, the enigmatic architect who designed the building. Life seems like paradise to the solitude-seeking Laing. But as power outages become more frequent and building flaws emerge, particularly on the lower floors, the regimented social strata begins to crumble and the building becomes a battlefield in a literal class war.