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Posted on Mar 9, 2016

It’s England in the 1970s, and an enormous new residential tower has been built at the site of what will soon become the world’s financial hub. But this isn’t just any high-rise building. Elysium Tower is a virtual vertical city, marketed as a “sanctuary for challenging times.” Residents can enjoy everything from restaurants and entertainment to swimming pools, libraries, theaters and even a research hospital – all without leaving the “safe” confines of the high-rise in which they live.


When a young neurologist, Dr. Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) moves into an apartment on a middle-level floor, he settles in and adjusts to his hermetic life. Charlotte (Sienna Miller), a single mother who lives on the next floor up, takes an interest in Laing. Anthony Royal (Jeremy Irons), the project’s architect, summons Laing to his palatial penthouse apartment, where he explains that he had envisioned the skyscraper as a grand social experiment. Royal should have been careful what he wished for, because soon after Laing’s arrival tensions in the building start to boil over. What starts as confrontations over protocol, power outages and access to sports facilities soon degenerates into a world of mounting violence. As the residents break into tribal factions, Laing finds himself caught in the middle of it all.

High-Rise is a 2015 British film adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel of the same name. Directed by Ben Wheatley from a screenplay by Amy Jump, this science fiction action thriller is scheduled to be released into U.S. theaters on May 13, 2016 by Magnolia Pictures. Also starring Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Reece Shearsmith, Peter Ferdinando, and Dan Renton Skinner.


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