Ben Wheatley (2015)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Based on JG Ballard's 1975 novel, this dystopian satire takes place in a swanky, towering apartment block. There, we find Tom Hiddleston, a well-spoken bachelor who, at the start of the film, has just moved in. While he is satisfied with life in the high-rise, many of his neighbours are unhappy, protesting that they aren't receiving the same standard of living as those on the upper floors and their frustration leads to a violent, building-wide conflict. Before long the complex devolves into a chaotic, murderous wasteland; unfortunately it all feels too sudden and from this point onwards the story becomes increasingly messy and disjointed. It's hard to care about any of the characters as director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers) keeps us at a distance, but the film looks fantastic and is blessed with a terrific cast that includes Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller. Still, it's Hiddleston who shines as the charming, self-contained academic.


A doctor secures himself a new home in a luxurious apartment complex, where residents are able to shut out the rest of the world. As society begins to break down in the face of failing infrastructure, tension erupts between residents of different floors, leading to a literal class war. Ben Wheatley's satirical thriller based on JG Ballard's novel, starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans.

Cast & Crew

Dr Robert Laing Tom Hiddleston
Anthony Royal Jeremy Irons
Charlotte Melville Sienna Miller
Richard Wilder Luke Evans
Helen Wilder Elisabeth Moss
Pangbourne James Purefoy
Ann Royal Keeley Hawes
Simmons Dan Renton Skinner
Jane Sienna Guillory
Adrian Talbot Enzo Cilenti
Cosgrove Peter Ferdinando
Nathan Steele Reece Shearsmith
Director Ben Wheatley
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 Mar 2016