Movie Review: The Loft (2014)

Starring: Karl Urban, Wentworth Miller and James Marsden

Directed by: Erik Van Looy

Five married friends join together and get a penthouse loft in the city. A place where they can have affairs without getting caught out by credit card bills and bank statements. The groups fantasy soon turns into a nightmare when a mysterious woman is found dead in the loft and they realise that one of them is involved.

The Loft boats quite an impressive cast with the like of Karl Urban, Wentworth Miller, James Marsden, Rhona Mitra and Eric Stonestreet. The plot itself is a classic case of who done it? As the movie twists and turns at every opportunity throwing the audience curve balls galore as we analyse each characters possible involvement with the death of the mysterious woman who turns out not to be mysterious after-all.

Karl Urban plays Vincent, he’s the one who initially has the idea of ‘the loft’ and the group of friends don’t take much persuading before they’re on board. All married and most with children, the loft becomes an escape from married life to be able to cheat with whomever they want with little chance of their activities being found out. The movie starts off in a highly dramatic way with the body being discovered within the first 10/15 minutes and the group of guys start panicking as they all initially claim innocence. With so many twists and revelations along the way as the finger points to pretty much all of the guys at one point in time, the final reveal comes as somewhat as a surprise which was disguised well throughout the movie.

James Marsden put in a strong performance as he so typically does in most of his roles that I’ve seen and his chemistry with half brother Philip (Matthias Schoenaerts) added another dimension to the story and the volatile relationship between them created some extra drama. Wentworth Miller was also great and his character portrayal reminded me of his role as Michael in Prison Break where he’s extremely intelligent and deceitful yet very convincing with his words. The one actor I was disappointed with during the course of the movie was Eric Stonestreet who is most famous for playing Cameron in Modern Family. We all know he’s a funny guy but his character was written with comedy in mind and was completely out of place and didn’t blend well with the rest of the movie. The “jokes” he was providing felt very forced and unnatural and Stonestreet’s character would’ve been better off being more serious, wouldn’t have found him as annoying.

Overall, The Loft was a surprisingly good drama with some tense moments as we got closer to finding out the culprit behind the girls death. Although a little over the top with the amount of twists The Loft is definitely worth checking out.

7/10

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