I don’t know about you, but I am loving the marketing campaign for Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise with its potent mix of elegance and dread. Tom Hiddleston leads the cast in what could be the strangest film of the year.
The first teaser arrived a couple of weeks ago masquerading as a promo reel for mysterious architect Anthony Royal (played by Jeremy Irons). The first legitimate trailer is another atmospheric experience and a sobering reminder to Hollywood on how to make a teaser.
Even though I have read the book by J.G Ballard, Wheatley’s film promises to deliver plenty of surprises. Having taken a break from feature to helm two episodes of Doctor Who;s eighth run, Wheatley’s return to films is as exciting as any superhero team-up.
Starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, James Purefoy, Reece Shearsmith and Elisabeth Moss, High-Rise opens its doors on March 18.
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…..