‘The Loft:’ Movie Review

February 12, 2015 0 Comments

This sounded like a pretty good idea for a film, especially if your a young male movie-goer who loves to fool around with the ladies. The film was scheduled to be released sometime around late 2011, but a theatrical release was delayed due to the film changing distributors. Moving from Warner Bros. to Universal Studios, the film was originally going to be re-released again in August 29th, 2015, but as pushed back in favor of another film, As Above, So Below (which reminds me little of this film). Instead, the film was released on January 30th, 2015.

You’d think after changing studios and constantly pushing back release dates, you would get a pretty good film. Instead what we got was an overhyped, over-plotted, very mystifying film, which probably would have been better off receiving a straight to DVD release. That’s not to say that the film is a terrible film. It is actually a pretty decent film, but I think the screenwriters were struggling on which direction to go with this movie. 

The film centers around a bunch of 5 friends, womanizing architect Vincent (Karl Urban), the sexist horn-dog Marty (Eric Stonestreet), the sensitive Chris (James Marsden), and Coke-Snorting Drug Addict/Dealer Phillip, and the extremely introverted Luke (Wentworth Miller). Wentworth Miller is the only person I recognize in this film, from his show, Prison Break (2005) and this role in the movie Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010). 

These five people are basically one-percenters types (because those are the most relatable people to have as main characters) who decide to rent an apartment to escape from the hassles of everyday life, whether its to unwind from work, a gathering place to spend away from the wives, or a secret rendezvous to cheat on your wives with other women. Only these five individuals have the keys to the apartment, and when the apartment is occupied, all one has to do is inform the others in the group via text message.

The movie doesn’t have a problem jumping the audience right into the climax (which is a weird way to tell a story) by having a dead naked woman, handcuffed to the bed of the apartment only five people have access to. So this immediately becomes a very confusing mystery, which turns from, “How did she get in here,” to “Which one of us is the killer?”

While the idea of a mystery is great for dramatic effect, one of the biggest problems with this film is continuity. While the setting of the film occurs at this secret loft, time is actually moving forward at the police station. The group of sideline swingers are busted and top suspects for the murder of the mysterious dead lady who was handcuffed to the bed.

Everything going on in the film is a flashback. Hell, even their flashbacks have flashbacks. Sometimes, it can be difficult to keep track of where the story is actually going, but once you figure it all out it can be pretty entertaining. Even I as write this, I remember the film starting from the very end. This would make the film a flashback, based on many other flashbacks, which lead to even more flashbacks. Wrap your head around that one…

This film is full of plot twist that will keep you entertained for the most part. Another problem is that the film may have too many plot twist. Unnecessarily so. If that is the type of thing you look forward to in a film, then I guess you won’t really have too much of an issue. However, it creates too many holes in the story, which ends up beginning the question rather than establishing a solid story.

Sort of like the television show Lost (2004). I remember when the show originally aired. It was a good show and there was so many people watching it with me. Then after a while, that number dwelled and dwelled, until it was just me. Not because I actually enjoyed watching it, but because I continued to watch only out of shear curiosity of how it would end. The Loft suffers from the same problems as Lost, answer questions with more questions.

Final Verdict: C

Overall, The Loft is not a terrible movie, or even a bad movie. As I said before, it is a pretty decent film, despite the fact that it is more of a ‘wait-and-seer’ than something you need to check out right now. Films like this will most likely end up on Netflix or Amazon Prime for streaming. The quality of the film isn’t bad; however, watching this doesn’t necessarily scream ‘blockbuster.’ In fact, its even hard to see how this film could have a budget of $14 million dollars.

However, if you enjoy having your imagination challenged, then you should check it out. One thing I won’t imagine about the film, on the other hand, is it being in theaters much longer, due to very abysmal sales. 

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