ByLyle Mallette, writer at

The Loft is an American remake of the 2008 Belgian film Loft, both of which are directed by Erik van Looy. For a film that was released in what are sometimes called the "dump months" (January and February), The Loft is a surprisingly exciting guilty pleasure.

The story of The Loft is about a group of five friends (played by Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, and Matthias Schoenaerts) who agree to share a penthouse, which they dub "the loft", overlooking an unnamed city. The purpose of this loft is to provide the five yuppie pals with a place where they can escape their wives and families, a place where they can take their mistresses without having to worry about credit cards or hotel bills. Of course, the plan isn't without its flaws, as one morning a murdered woman is found lying handcuffed to a bed in the loft. Only five keys to the room were ever made, and all five men deny any knowledge of the murder (of course).

Surely none of these gents would ever do such a thing.
Surely none of these gents would ever do such a thing.

I will start by saying I didn't think I would like The Loft. I tried not to like The Loft. But in the end, I sort of liked The Loft. About two-thirds of the film played out in a similar vein to Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs; a group of men with an unscrupulous plan shout and bicker their way through a mess they have created, albeit without the sharp and witty Tarantino dialogue. The narrative is non-linear, as most of the story is told through flashbacks which drop clues to the ending right and left. Although the premise is a bit silly and the dialogue is unimaginative (although probably realistic given the situation), The Loft still manages to keep an aura of mystery throughout. The entire film is well-paced and rarely loses your interest. Also worth noting is how well-cast the quintet is, particularly Marsden and Schoenaerts (who is reprising his role from the Belgian original).

The downfall of The Loft is its trying-too-hard attempt to have a clever ending. Without getting into spoiler territory, there are not one but two plot twists all in a matter of minutes, which manage to convolute the story into such a mess that it simply becomes hard to care about what's happening anymore. Nonetheless, The Loft is an entertaining film but seems to get lost trying to figure out its own mystery.


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