When the first trailer for Ben Wheatley’s upcoming adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s sci-fi thriller High Rise was released last month, we salivated over the dark mystery. Now, after a second trailer was released today, we start to see a clearer picture of what will happen in this visually engaging sci-fi story.
Tom Hiddleston stars as a Dr. Robert Laing, who lives in a massive skyscraper that appears to have all the amenities necessary for life. We knew that from the first trailer—and we also knew that power outages become a problem, and that things eventually degenerate into chaos. Now, we’re told that class warfare is the major driver of plot, with the upper, middle, and lower floors of the building fighting in some kind of violent Marxist fantasy. It looks delightful.