Flash Movie Review: The Loft

No matter what age, it is safe to say everyone wants to have some space they can call their own. A place important to them; where one could be surrounded by things that meant something only to them. As children some were lucky to have a treehouse, fort or maybe a swing set. Do you remember going from a crib to a bed? I actually remember how excited I was when the time came when I was finally getting a bed like everyone else. If in college you had to share a dorm room with another student, it was important for the roomies to stake out and acknowledge each other’s space. I lived in off campus housing where I had my own room but shared a kitchen with 6 other students. We were all respectful of each others’ food except for one guy who would “borrow” things and never replace them. It is funny when people co-habitate due to marriage or wanting to live in an expensive apartment they cannot afford by themselves, they still need a spot they can call their own. I am sure you have heard the term “man’s cave” referring to a place where a guy can do as they please; it may be something like a spare bedroom or a garage. It is a place where one can do what they want without infringing on someone else’s sensibilities. I have seen a variety of such places but nothing ever happened in them like what took place in this movie.    KEEPING a high-rise penthouse secret from everyone else was paramount if this group of friends wanted to be able to use their place for whatever they so desired. That all changed however when one of the friends entered the loft and found a dead woman handcuffed to the bed. This dramatic thriller had as part of its cast Karl Urban (Star Trek franchise, Dredd) as Vincent Stevens, James Marsden (Enchanted, The Best of Me) as Chris Vanowen, Wentworth Miller (The Human Stain, Prison Break-TV) as Luke Seacord and Eric Stonestreet (Identity Thief, Modern Family-TV) as Marty Landry. Gratefully the acting was good overall by the cast. I liked the look of the film and thought the film’s beginning was a good start for this mystery. By the way it would be perfectly understandable if viewers were offended with the premise to this story; I had a bit of a challenge accepting it. Unfortunately the story quickly spiraled out of control with too many twists and turns, trying to keep everyone guessing on why there was a dead woman in the loft. I found parts of the story to be ridiculous, growing to dislike the characters. Maybe the movie studio should have kept this film a secret from us.


1 3/4 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on February 3, 2015, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Agree with you Joltz. I definitely don’t think this is pitiful as RT currently has it, but that doesn’t change the fact that the endless twists dull whatever impact could have been had.
    And as you said, the characters themselves are hard to care about which nullifies the turns, though they sort of are entertaining in an odd way if that makes sense.

    • Thanks for the comments. You are right, though I did not care for them I continued to watch and was engaged with the film. Too bad it just could not have been better made.

  2. I felt the exact same way.. Waste of a good cast as they all can do better. :/

  3. I have not seen this yet, I would like to though but my question is should I wait for it to come out on DVD to rent it/watch it on Netflix or is it worth the money to go to the movies? I know everyone is saying that it could have been better, so I figured I should ask before I made my decision.. Thanks!

  4. Seems like this movie could do with a “make-over.” The premise sounds good enough, the actors were good enough, the script horrible, huh?

  5. This reminds me of a film called Gossip where non of the characters were even likeable after a while and the plot just got out of hand because the writers were trying to be oh-so-clever. Shallow Grave is a great film, where they find their secretive flat mate dead.

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