A Pointless Mess
Rarely do we witness such incompetence in well-funded storytelling. The meandering timidity of this film sank it before it even managed to exit the harbor.
While cinematography and heavy stylization made for an intriguing trailer, that’s as far as it got. Cribbing tropes from Cronenberg, Gilliam and Kubrick should have provided more than enough raw materials, but here produced only facile emptiness. The story is an adaptation of a novel, and doesn’t seem to have translated well.
The main character isn’t doing anything in particular for almost the entirety. He’s unworthy of his own film. It’s more of a location full of oddballs, but without enough glue to keep the High Rise from crumbling. It’s like they didn’t know what they wanted to say but were hell-bent on saying it anyway.
At one point, a midpoint perhaps, the rich upstairs group decides to throw a party to…
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