Title – The Loft (2014)
Director – Erik Van Looy (Loft)
Cast – Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachel Taylor
Plot – A group of 5 best friends and married men band together to operate a big city loft apartment that each will have a key to and each will be able to use as they see fit, often in mischievous ways. The loft however could be their undoing when the body of a dead girl is discovered inside, meaning one of the 5 are the culprit.
“Accepting a key to the loft means you accept the rules to the loft. Tell nobody. Have fun”
Review by Eddie on 15/12/2015
A film you just wish someone like David Fincher tackled, The Loft is a B grade movie through and through and a movie that makes no illusions to what it is and Erik Van Looy’s English language remake of his original foreign thriller of the same name is a movie that despite its quite obvious flaws and sometimes downright weird acting turns is an enjoyable guilty pleasure that for all sakes and purposes shouldn’t be as watchable as it is.
This above statement is by no means a glowing recommendation however, as The Loft is quite frequently a terrible movie that is saved by a plot line so unbelievable yet bewilderingly intriguing that you can’t help but watch and try figure out who’s done what, who’s betrayed who and who can be a bigger bigot than the next guy. It’s clear that this material was enough for Van Looy’s original film to be well regarded and without having seen it, it was likely less sowed into B grade fodder than this long shelved Hollywood remake that was filmed in 2011 yet only released this year and perhaps the companies behind this redoing clued onto the films biggest flaw, the un-likeability of EVERY single character in the film.
This above statement is supposed to be taken literally as all jokes aside, The Loft just might well be the most terrible ensemble committed to screen in many moons. When reading through the name cast of Karl Urban, James Marsden and yes Modern Family’s loveable blob Eric Stonestreet you may think this is a strange statement to make and the actors aren’t movie ruining horrible (even though Prison Break’s Wentworth Miller try’s his hardest to be) but there characters sure are.
How much can we really relate to a bunch of guys that get together to co-own a seedy city loft apartment where they’re free to do anything to anyone at any time and when this crew of calculating derelicts share screen time the cringe factor goes up to almost unbearable levels and by the film’s final act you’ll soon come to realise that the films reveal isn’t all it was cracked up to be from such a loaded plot driver.
For all intents and purposes The Loft is a lot more entertaining than it has any right to be but that is almost entirely due to its mysterious lifeless body that puts our creepy bunch of males into a sticky predicament and take away that and concentration towards the films “twist”, script and characters unearths a film that should be a whole new league of worse than it actually is. Watch for the could’ve been factor not the what is factor.
2 creepy friends out of 5