Friday, January 30, 2015

The Loft

Rated R / 1 hr 48 min / Thriller

What is it about?

A group of five friends are at a party for a building opening. One of the friends is the architect that designed the building. He brings them up to a loft in the building and proposes that they all use the place as their spot to relax without having to go to a hotel or have their significant others see it on their credit card statement. The others don't know what to make of it at first. The last of the five friends finally gets married and as his wedding present the architect hands him a key to the place. The others all also get keys at the wedding. After several months of using the place for their secret trysts, one of them comes in to find a dead girl handcuffed to the bed. Now they need to figure out who did it and how to clean it up without giving it away to the police or their wives.

You will like it if...

You like intelligent thrillers. The actors in this movie are decent, but none really carry that star power of the A list actors. Karl Urban and James Marsden come close, but neither distinguishes themself over any or the other actors in the film. The script is the real star. The story builds slowly as they give you a information bit by bit leading to the finale where you learn the why and how of everything. Each twist and turn is doled out in a way to keep an even pace to ensure the audience isn't bored. Even though the film throws a lot at you, it's not difficult to keep up with what is going on. The Loft is an above average thriller, but it never rises to the point of being something special that you must see. In the end it is somewhat interesting and a bit entertaining, but never quite reaches the point of being a great movie.


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