The Loft, even the title itself sparks a touch of mystery, an erotic-thriller that takes the audience on a journey into the seedy-underbelly life of the married man.
A cheating married man seems to be commonplace these days, some blame the pressures of work, marriage or simply for being in a loveless relationship. For whatever reason, once they have committed the act, their worst fear is then the idea of being caught. This creates no problems for five married friends, Vincent, Chris, Luke, Marty and Philip, who decide to rent out a loft together to take their mistresses to bed and leave no trail behind, such as credit card bills from hotels; to them it is the greatest idea they’ve ever had. All the fun and sex games come to an end though when an unknown woman is found dead in the loft, as the five friends gather together in the hopes of finding out who is responsible, one thing is clear, only these five have a key and only these five know the security code; hence the perpetrator must be one of them.
The Loft is not just a straight forward thriller with a few plot twists here and there, it grips you, as the first scenes are set in a police station with the characters being questioned and them trying to explain their innocence, and a possible set up. We are retold the events of the day through their narratives, and in doing so are also shown the lives of these five and how they have come to this moment. The overlapping story lines are what really keep the film on its feet.
However, what holds this film back largely are the characters themselves, the plot is gripping and the intertwining narratives only add more excitement to the story. Yet as the individuals come across as some of the sleaziest men you could ever meet, it becomes hard to connect with them, and to sympathise, unless you see something of yourself in them.
At points you have hopes for some of them, there appears to be a light at the end of this sex-crazed tunnel. As the film plays out though, those hopes are smashed as more of these protagonists, or antagonist, the choice is really up to you, succumb to The Loft.
The film offers some great acting choices such as Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, and also Matthias Schoenaerts who reprises his role from the 2014 Dutch-Belgian original film. They delve right into the characters, and force you to believe their twisted story. Any love for some of these actors could go straight out the window as they show you the worst end of the male spectrum.
Erik Van Looy has delivered a film which is quite Hitchcockian in parts with its crime-thriller base, that also includes an array of dark characters who unravel as the film plays out. Even the poster has a slight Vertigo-feel to it.
Dir: Erik Van Looy
Scr: Bart De Pauw, Wesley Strick
Starring: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas
Prd: Hilde De Laere, Matt DeRoss, Steve Golin, Paul Green, Adam Shulman
DOP: Nicolas Karakatsanis
Music: John Frizzell
Country: Belgium, USA
Run time: 108 mins
The Loft is released released on digital platforms on 8 June 2015 and on DVD from 15 June 2015 courtesy of Signature Entertainment.
Check out the clip below where things get a little heated.