He is the architect of his own accident most of all the new home of Dr. Robert Laing who now lives the high-life in High-Rise. Ahead of next week’s UK cinematic release of Ben Wheatley‘s High-Rise we have a new clip from the movie which we see Laing (Tom Hiddleston) meet the architect (Jeremy Irons) learn a few things and see some unexpected things.
High-Rise takes us back to 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.
In an extra clip from the film called ‘Party’ Laing is invited to a house warming party when host Helen Wilder (Elizabeth Moss)educates Laing on his neighbours, the ‘real people’.
Ben Wheatley is certainly shaping to be one of UK’s unique filmmakers exciting cinephiles worldwide with a distinctive style and vision. You could say Wheatley and JG Ballard are a match made in heaven as he captures the intense Dystopian tone of the book on the big screen. We caught the film back in October 2015 at London Film Festival [read our review] calling it best film he saw in 2015. We watched the film again this time at Glasgow Film Festival last month though our views where a little different. A film that fans of Ballard & Wheatley will adore, outsiders might be split , but it’s not long now until you can decide yourselves.
High-Rise is set for a UK cinema release on 18th March, in just over 7 days time. The film co-stars Luke Evans, Sienna Miller, Elisabeth Moss.