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The Loft

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Talented cast is wasted in sleazy, violent erotic thriller.

Movie R 2015 104 minutes
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Flemish director Eric Van Looy remakes his own film, this time in English for American audiences, but the results are unfortunately not the guilty-pleasure thriller you might hope for. Given the familiar cast and compelling storyline, there's a lot of potential in the idea of five male friends who could each be the suspect in a horrific crime. But not one of the men is likable enough to root for (and audiences are generally pretty forgiving of adulterers, if they're humanized), and all of the women are reduced to gross stereotypes (the wives are shrews, ice queens, or oblivious, and the mistresses gorgeous blondes willing to do whatever, whenever). It's a shame, because Urban, Marsden, Miller, Shoenaerts (reprising his role from the original), and Stonestreet (he's definitely not Cam from Modern Family in this!) are all extremely capable actors.

This is the kind of movie that you might watch when it streams or hits cable, but only if you're a fan of the stars and want to laugh at scenes that weren't intended to be funny. It is a laugh, actually, to think that audiences would buy into the gimmick of this erotic thriller when there's nothing to invest viewers in the outcome. Unlike in Unfaithful and Fatal Attraction, The Loft doesn't bother to show that these men love their wives or children (who are surprisingly absent from a film about otherwise "decent" husbands and fathers). So in the end, all of the men could end up imprisoned, dead, or divorced, and you just won't care.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 30, 2015
  • On DVD or streaming: May 26, 2015
  • Cast: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller
  • Director: Erik Van Looy
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors, Middle Eastern/North African actors
  • Studio: Open Road Films
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 104 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content, nudity, bloody violence, language and some drug use
  • Last updated: April 16, 2023

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