Even as “High-Rise” debuts digitally and on VOD ahead of its theatrical release, Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing have rolled out three new clips from Ben Wheatley’s darkly satirical thriller.
Based on J.G. Ballard’s 1975 dystopian novel about class warfare within a closed-off community, the film follows Tom Hiddleston’s Dr. Robert Laing as he moves into a luxury tower, where he soon discovers complex loyalties within a building that is itself separated by class, based on wealth and status. Soon, a dangerous social situation develops, and the high-rise fragments into violent tribes.
The first scene is fairly lighthearted, with Hiddleston’s character unexpectedly meeting his upstairs neighbors after falling asleep while sunbathing (nude) on the balcony. However, the other two are dark and claustrophobic, hinting at what’s to come in the high-rise and conditions, and relationships, deteriorate.
Also starring Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss, “High-Rise” opens May 13 in select theaters.
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