Op-ed: A movie that has not been released in theaters in the U.S. yet may tell us what to expect if Donald Trump is elected president. It is “High Rise,” and it features British hunk Tom Hiddleston, better known as the characters Loki in the film Avengers and Jonathan Pine in The Night Manager.
If the Republicans get their payback on Hillary Clinton for helping impeach Richard Nixon, and many other acts they consider crimes, it is worth downloading High Rise to see what a class war would really be like.
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The film High Rise, released last year in Canada, was considered a highlight of the Toronto Film Festival.
“Biggest surprises of TIFF so far: “…that Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise (Grade: B+) is something I genuinely dig. Wheatley’s labyrinthine black comedy preserves the 1970s setting of J.G. Ballard’s novel, linking its vision of a residential tower regressing into literal class warfare to the rise of Margaret Thatcher…”
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For those who judge a movie by its cast, Jeremy Irons is the arch architect of the five towers, if that is a word. Hiddleston plays Thor’s arch enemy in the Marvel series.
As in Les Miserables or the French Revolution itself, class warfare develops. This time between those on the top floor and those on the lower flowers.
The soundtrack, which ranges from Bach to Abba enhances the film.
It gets to the level of eating dogs to survive. Margaret Thatcher is quoted about how pure capitalism is the only answer. The police, apparently too busy with prison riots are only seen once. That is one cop.
J.G. Ballard, author of the book, written in 1975, said the architect of the towers “…without knowing it … had constructed a gigantic vertical zoo, its hundreds of cages stacked above each other. All the events of the past few months made sense if one realized that these brilliant and exotic creatures had learned to open the doors.”
Amazon says: “When a class war erupts inside a luxurious apartment block, modern elevators become violent battlegrounds and cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on “enemy” floors. In this visionary tale, human society slips into violent reverse as once-peaceful residents, driven by primal urges, re-create a world ruled by the laws of the jungle.”
Fighting for canapés? Cake anyone?
Before the architect is shot by a journalist he had tried unsuccessfully to have lobotomized – he was the sanest man in the building -- we learned he planned four more towers like this one.
It is the kind of thing you might hear from Trump. The residents are selected to get only certain types. At the close he realized he had chosen too many types.
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