Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Loft Movie Review

James Marsden and Karl Urban (r) star in The Loft

Nice View, Terrible Acting 

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Karl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness) and James Marsden (2 Guns) star in the tense psychological thriller THE LOFT, the story of five guys who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city--a place where they can indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. Paranoia seizes them as everyone begins to suspect one another. Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned and marriages crumble as the group is consumed by fear, suspicion and murder in this relentless thriller.

It's only February, but the male cast of The Loft could easily sweep the nominations for Worst Actor at next year's Razzies. Urban and a bespectacled Wentworth Miller are bad; but even they don't hold a candle to the horribly miscast pairing of Matthias Schoenaerts and Modern Family's Cam (Eric Stonestreet.) Stonestreet is particularly distressing, culminating in the least flattering extreme close-up of all-time. Women are reduced to mere window dressing, and the script's atrocious. That said, it keeps you guessing, and manages to entertain (hence the generous grade.) The Loft is described as, "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity." Let's hope so.