Life in the ‘High-Rise’ Trailer Is Very Satisfying
Last month, my home city of Washington, D.C. got a couple feet of snow and I spent three days holed up in my apartment. That brief 72-hour span alone nearly drove me to the brink of insanity, and so I suppose I get where the characters in the J.G. Ballard adaptation High-Rise are coming from. Their luxury apartment complex has sufficient amenities to make entering the outside world unnecessary, and so of course they all devolve into warlike tribes and turn on one another in an orgy of bourgeois social angling gone violent. A few days of snow nearly had me talking to cantaloupes with faces painted on them; life in a high-rise, even a fabulously posh one, would be more than enough to get me to eat my landlord‘s dog.
The new trailer embedded above doesn’t offer a whole lot more than the spot released around this time last month, showing the antiseptic vestibules of the title structure and playing up the visual of a hairless Tom Hiddleston sunbathing in the nude. We see Jeremy Irons as the building’s architect, and the miraculous ecosystem he’s been able to cultivate on the top floor. We see mustachioed Luke Evans, goading his fellow tenants into a Marxist rebellion against their literal overlords. And we see cult director Ben Wheatley’s singular visuals, locating odd poetry in the commercial, the corporate, and the artificial.
The most exciting development attached to High-Rise in recent weeks, however, has been the long-awaited announcement of a U.S. release for this festival favorite. Magnet Releasing will make the film available to watch On Demand, through iTunes, and on Amazon Video come April 28. Then, on May 13, the film will see a limited release in brick-and-mortar theaters located in major cities. Wheatley’s auteurist street cred, the knotty prose carried over from Ballard’s original text, and the often striking visuals could combine to forge a cult object for future generations in High-Rise. That all depends on how the public warms up to a film about people who kill each other for having nicer apartments.