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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....

Customer Reviews

High entertainment

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Andy McG 50
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2017-03-06
I approached this movie not knowing what to expect, being unfamiliar with Ballard's novel and also having heard both soaring praise and searing criticism from friends whose opinions I value.
And I loved it, from start to finish.
One of the best casts you could imagine, under one of our best directors, delivers a satire that's a treat for the senses. A collection of marvellous characters, populating a near-reality, carried me along until the end, where I was left awed, smiling and wanting to watch it again straight away.

Confused....

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Badlypackedkebab
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2017-01-24
I cannot for the life of me comprehend why this film is receiving such a slating, sure it's dark and isn't going to appeal to everyone, but I don't believe some of these reviews do it justice. It's a fabulous concept and narrative that may be a little too subtle for some to connect with. The cinematography is stylistically outstanding and the virtuoso performances by all the cast make this THE movie of 2016. Smart, slick and with a fabulous soundtrack, it's what intelligent film-making should be about, pushing the boundaries and having something thought provoking to say. The best film of its genre since Clockwork Orange, the screenplay has taken Ballard's idea and created something greater than the sum of its parts. A masterpiece that sadly may only be appreciated retrospectively. I fear it will be a long time before such an incisive social commentary is communicated with such exquisite elegance and boldness on the big screen. Nevermind, if you don't like it there's bound to be another Die Hard epic out soon....

Worst film ever.

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ScottyGills
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2017-01-02
The first half an hour of this film was fairly interesting but as for the last 90 mins truly awful.
It was pure confusion and chaotic with the tenants fighting against each other.
If it was that bad in this high rise building,why didn't the tenants escape.
Confusing and a very odd film and the ending very bizarre.
As others have eluded to,do not waste your money on this odd garbage.
A truly shockingly awful film !!

High-Rise is a crazy ride! Wonderful!

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englishdramalover
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2016-10-28
High-Rise stays true to the book in many ways. I really loved, that you as an audience don't get the normally provided hero or bad guy decision presented about the lead actor, as mainstream cinema often does. It's up to you to get into the story and to decide what to make about it. Besides that it's a great story, great sorytelling, loved the cinematography, brilliant acting all around. Tom Hiddleston gave an excellent performance as the lead, also loved Luke Evans, Jeremy Irons, Siena Miller and Keeley Hawes. High-Rise is one of those films you love or hate I guess. I loved it and it gets better every time I watch. It's great to discover all the details.

High Rise

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mikey4013
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2016-08-12
Garbage!!!!!!! Don't waste your time or money. Truly dreadful film

Garbled nonsense

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Gylen
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2016-08-08
Clumsy analogy that never really takes off. Typical Ballard and not improved by the transfer to film script.

Satrical Social Commentary

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Matt Prescott
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2016-08-04
I enjoyed this unpredictable and unusual film. The social stratification of the High Rise building worked well as a macarbe satire on our egotistical and greed-driven times. The dysfunction of every character, and their dystopian society, was compelling to watch. The film hinted at what our class-riven, poorly planned and envious world would have looked like if Margaret Thatcher had managed to stay in power any longer than she actually did... The performances of Tom Hiddleston, Luke Evans and Sienna Miller were all very strong although the momentum of the story tailed off towards the end.

Truly awful

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Swift555
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2016-07-27
Don't waste your money don't let the cast pull you in as it's a truly awful film has no point just a self indulgent very poorly scripted waste of 2 hours that feel like 5. How they got funding is beyond me

Disappointing

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marpgrim
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2016-07-26
Ballard's novels are first and foremost literary experiments/creations and do not translate well to the big screen.The film is overlong and the characters fail to engage.The late Sixties/early Seventies vibe is superfluous and bit annoying. Still waiting for another "Kill List", this ain't it.

Hmmm

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maddog9876
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2016-07-24
I like films that make me think and was looking forward to this but was left feeling rather underwhelmed. The film looks good in a messy kind of way, there is a lot going on in the film but it all feels a mess just like the building. Hiddleston plays the role well, as does Miller but you dont really get to know them so dont care what happens to them and the editing seems to have chopped out something in the middle that was important. Reminded me a bit of a Peter Greenaway film except without the visual flair to keep you interested.

Awful

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Alancromer
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2016-07-24
Truly terrible. Pointless. Self indulgent. Dreadful. Absolute waste of time and money. Avoid.

So boring so not provocative so baddd!!!

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I-Yupee
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2016-07-23
The worst £4.49 rental in the history of ITunes. I will appeal to get my money back. It is the worst movie ever made. Nothing makes sense in it. They have tried to do a Stanley Kubrick style movie. Which fails miserably to even make a bit of sense. Whoever reads this make sure not to buy or rent this badly written badly filmed badly acted movie. Hiddleston and Miller is not acting just making crazy faces and pretend to be drunk or stoned in all the movie. The tenants act against each other without any cause. Just a mayhem from the beginning to the end. To sum it up , DO NOT buy or rent this fake Kubrick just rent or buy the real Kubrick movies.

Smoking too much!

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stevenaa
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2016-07-19
Obviously a film funded by the tobacco industry!