High-Rise ★★½

Like the lower-floor tenants denied the amenities of the elevated, we - the audience - seem privy to glimpses of a larger and more coherent story; but Wheatley shuts the door before a greater understanding is ever allowed to coalesce in more than the broadest strokes. A fine allegory, but without the context and embellishment of Ballard's prose, I'm left standing out in the cold holding frivolous scenes of attempted artistry and a frustrating sense that the party was going to be really good if only I had been invited.

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