A dystopia is “an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one” and is the opposite of a utopia where everything is pleasant. Additionally, modernism and modernists believe in a universal truth and argue rational thinking with science and reason for mankind to evolve, while postmodernism is the belief of having the irrationality of things and that there is not and could not be a universal truth. It is argued that the postmodernist era was distinguished through the development of technology and its utilisation in art and literature. Thus, High Rise beyond doubt sets a postmodern dystopian world and portrays the consequences of inequality between the hierarchies.
The distinction between the inequality within the hierarchical order of the High Rise residents can be seen within the scene of the lower classed residents protesting the electricity and water shortage. The residents complain to a man who clearly is not bothered with the problems the lower classed residents are face, while through the movie it is clearly seen that the residents of higher floors do not have to ask twice for their wishes and demands to be met. Additionally, after the rebellion breaks, and the downfall of the structure begins, the residents start stealing goods from the supermarket whilst the residents of the higher floors enter the super market for the first time and question what they are supposed to be doing. At first, it seems as the lower class gets more affected by the post-modern approach however, towards the end of the movie its clear that the post-modern approach affects every socio-economic background.
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