The Loft (2014)

The Loft (2014)
  • Time: 108 min
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Director: Erik Van Looy
  • Cast: Karl Urban, Wentworth Miller, James Marsden, Matthias Schoenaerts, Rhona Mitra


Karl Urban and James Marsden star in the tense psychological thriller ‘The Loft’, the story of five married guys who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city-a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. Paranoia seizes them as everyone begins to suspect one another. Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned and marriages crumble as the group is consumed by fear, suspicion and murder in this relentless thriller.


  • A stylish whodunit scaffolded with the requisite misdirects and multi-betrayals, The Loft is the second remake of director Erik Van Looy’s 2008 thriller, which was hugely popular in his native Belgium. Van Looy appears to have issues letting go as not only has he helmed this American remake, but he stepped in during the production of the 2010 Dutch version whilst director Antoinette Beumer was recovering from an on-set accident. Judging from this and Dutch director George Sluizer’s mishandling of the American remake of his Spoorloos (The Vanishing), perhaps there should be a temporary moratorium on foreign directors handling American transfers of their films.

    Though not as criminally lost in translation as The Vanishing, The Loft remains a visually striking but impoverished piece of storytelling, with all its plot machinations much ado about nothing. A dead body opens the film but before we discover the identity of this particular corpse, we’re presented with another lifeless form: a naked blond handcuffed to the bedpost, half-covered by a bedsheet and her blood. The scene of the crime is the titular loft, a sleek apartment co-owned by five men who have designated it as their private, cost-efficient rendezvous spot for their adulterous affairs. “No messy hotel bills, no questionable credit card activity,” Vincent (Karl Urban) assures his friends as he provides each of them with a key.

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  • “The Loft” is a murder mystery, directed by Erik Van Looy who also happened to direct the original Belgium film (loft) 2008.
    This remake follows the same story of five uncommitted husbands who struggle to sustain a relationship and to keep it in their pants. They are conveniently given access to a secret love dungeon where they can seek their mistresses and cheat on their wives. Shortly after somebody is “murdered” in the loft, the five begin to suspect each other and from there on the over complex CSI episode arises.

    I’ll start off praising the positives, since the film did have potential. The cinematography is miraculous. The unique sense of direction makes every shot look great. The script is somewhat lethargic but thankfully the “majority” of the cast pull it off. Each character was evenly distributed and explored, creating fairly interesting protagonists and slight emotional attachment. The score raised tension when necessary and kept me guessing on the edge of my seat.
    But after the 100th twist, the suspense and fascination quickly dissolved. The Loft has simply out smarted itself, a simple, yet at times intriguing plot desperately seeks for every twist and turn it can find and uses them, I don’t even think M. Night Shyamalan could’ve handled it. Things started to drag and seem all over the place. It is one big puzzle with one too many pieces.

    Overall a fun, entertaining sexual thriller. Nothing more, nothing less.

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