I’ve been wanting to watch this film for a while for a number of reasons. I’m a fan of Tom Hiddleston’s acting and had hear good things about the book the film was adapted from.
The film is set in a beautiful 60s/70s brutalist apartment in London – where something of a class structure is formed from the fact the more expensive units are on the higher floors of the tower. As amenities start to fail, tensions rise, and all sanity goes out the window. The building dissolves into a Mad-Max style post apocalyptic war, all set in a backdrop of dreamy music, drinking, smoking, drug-taking partying and stunning architecture.
I really liked this film. But it was weird. So weird.
Visually it was stunning to watch. It is beautifully shot, the building interior and exterior are amazing. It jumps all over the place in terms of style and pacing. There’s lots of montages and set-pieces set amongst more character driven scenes – which all seems deliberate but hard to get a feel for.
In some respects the actual narrative/content of the film was one of those things a bit like car crash – you just couldn’t look away. You just weren’t sure how bad things were going to get.
Whilst I enjoyed the film – I’d struggle to recommend it to many people I know.