Karl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness) and James Marsden (2 Guns) star in the tense psychological thriller The Loft, the story of five friends who conspire to share a secret penthouse loft in the city – a place where they can 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.
Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned and relationships crumble as the group is consumed by fear, suspicion and murder in this relentless thriller. The Loft also stars Wentworth Miller (TV’s Prison Break) and Eric Stonestreet (TV’s Modern Family).
What We Thought:
I was really looking forward to The Loft. I love thrillers in general, and with a cast that includes Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, and Eric Stonestreet, this one looked like a lot of fun.
And it’s a solid-enough thriller, but that’s it. I watched The Loft, I enjoyed it somewhat, and then I promptly forgot about it. Despite its attempts to offer up some twists and turns, the film just never becomes more than the sum of its parts.
The cast is terrific; they’re definitely not the problem here. The problem lies in the script. First of all, the characters are largely unlikable. You’ve got one who’s a drunken asshole, one a violent sometimes-rapist, one a serial womanizer, one who may or may not be manipulating his friends, and one who’s mostly a good guy but cheats on his wife. Oh yeah, and then there’s the world’s smartest, prettiest, and nicest hooker.
There are further issues with the script. Despite a workable flashback set-up, the film doesn’t ever get the suspense to where it needs to be. There’s one twist that’s revealed too early, and the ending has some unrealistic outcomes for some of the characters.
Despite all the flaws, The Loft isn’t a bad film. It’s a perfectly fine rental option for when there’s nothing better to watch. I just wish it had been as good as I was hoping for.