The Rise and Fall
J. G. Ballard was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist who is best known for his apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic writing. Two of his novels, "Crash" and "Empire of the Sun", have been adapted to the screen and both won critical acclaim. This time, Ben Wheatley tackles Ballard's "High-Rise", a futuristic view of big city life in Great Britain, and if this is where we're headed, we're in a heap of trouble.
At its beginning, we get a quick glimpse into a society in disarray, before Wheatley whisks us three months back in time to a far more peaceful scene. Dr. Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston), is a low-key neurologist who has recently moved into a beautiful apartment on the 25th floor of a building that has approximately 50 floors.
His positioning is important because the building operates as a hierarchy where the higher, more expensive floors equate to the most prestige. The surrounding landscape features similar high-rises and parking lots. When you look outside Laing's window, that's all that is visible.