Ever since High Rise was a wrap on August 4th 2014 fans of J.G.Ballard as well as the many fandoms of Luke Evans and Tom Hiddleston have been waiting impatiently for the release of this independent film.To get a better understanding and to pass the time I read the book. It was not easy, lots of metaphors, not many dialogues, disturbingly dark and unsettling. It describes how a class war erupts inside a luxury apartment building between the residents of the lower floors and the elite residing on top. Elevators, the pool and hallways become battlegrounds while the cocktail parties continue. Society unravels and the residents reverse back to primal animals driven by the law of the concrete jungle they live in.
Luke Evans plays Wilder, a burly macho living with his family on one of the lower floors. The book describes his ascend through ruthless fighting to the top of the building, while Dr. Laing, played by Tom Hiddleston, a resident of one of the higher middle floors, is trying to understand what is going on around him and with himself during parties and affairs with his female neighbors.
It was upsetting to read how the pets in the high rise become a food source for the residents, or rape and murder of neighbors the new norm in a competition of survival of the fittest. But I also kept wondering how this book would translate into a movie. If Mr. Wheatley stayed true to the storyline of the book we would be in for some very interesting scenes!
For a long time fans had been asking on social media for a trailer of the highly anticipated movie until on May 27th Luke Evans did retweet a post from Tony McGregor of a “high rise trailer”! Just not exactly the one we all had been waiting for!On August 25th the twitter account of High-Rise movie finally announced the World Premiere for Sunday 13th September at the Elgin Theatre during the Toronto Film Festival! The Rollingstone lists High-Rise among the must see movies!
Now we were getting one announcement after the other! High-rise will be shown next at Fantastic Fest according to LA Times and then it will head on over to London to be shown at BFI where it is one of the 7 films you have to see if you believe Mashable.
Now after waiting all this time for a trailer of the High Rise movie we just saw a post by slashfilm that there will be no High Rise trailer! Well, it’s only another 11 days to go until the World Premiere and it is not looking good for us fans! But it would be nice if people writing or tweeting about this film would acknowledge the whole first class cast besides Tom Hiddleston…..there is Luke Evans as Wilder, known as Bard from The Hobbit, Jeremy Irons playing the character Royal, Sienna Miller, Elisabeth Moss and more!
Then there is also the subject of distribution. German fans are afraid they might have to wait a year, no distributors yet for the UK or the US. It is a tough life being a fan! I really hope we all get to see it eventually and be able to compare it to the book!