High-Rise - 2015 - 5/10
After equipment malfunctions and breakdowns, residents of an exclusive apartment tower break into class tribalism.
From the onset, there seem to be glitches and warning signs, yet tenants flood in.
Based on a J G Ballard novel, the setting is symbolic of Thatcher Britain or Reagan America.
Everyone out for themselves.
With few exceptions, characters are cold, bored, self-absorbed, or disengaged.
The more affluent or status-worthy reside in upper floors, lower orders near street level.
This is a major flaw. In all exclusive communities, low rents are not tolerated.
The descent into dystopia is abrupt. When violence mounts, no one phones police, no one flees.
Heavy handed allegory with paper thin characters.