Five men share a set of keys to a fancy loft, which they use to conduct affairs beyond their wives’ watchful eyes. When the body of a murdered woman shows up in the loft, they all begin to question one another’s involvement in the events that led to her being there, which are revealed via flashback.
The Loft is a remake of a 2008 Belgian thriller of the same name that went on to be the highest-grossing Flemish film ever. The director of that film, Erik Van Looy, returns for this English-language remake (scripted by Cape Fear’s Wesley Strick), which assembles an ensemble including James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Karl Urban, Eric Stonestreet, and Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts, reprising his role in the original.
The Loft was filmed more than three years ago, but was put on hiatus when Joel Silver’s Dark Castle Entertainment moved from Warner Bros. to Universal, leaving the film in a state of limbo for several years. Now it’s getting released in the dregs of summer. But the original was well-received, and the trailer makes it looks like the sort of pulpy B-movie thriller that might do well with little competition.
The cast here seems… a little odd. Patrick Wilson was originally attached to The Loft, but he dropped out, and Urban stepped in to take his place, resulting in a mishmash of an ensemble with no exceptionally bright points. A bloody, sexy murder mystery doesn’t exactly scream out for a Karl Urban or Eric Stonestreet, but who knows?
ANTICIPATION RATING: 4.9
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