A new trailer for upscale buddy movie/morality play/murder mystery /thriller The Loft has come online. I had never heard of The Loft until recently. It’s a remake of a 2008 Belgian film of the same name, helmed by Erik van Looy who makes his English language debut here. The original starred Matthias Schoenaerts, whose star continues to ascend following his role in Academy Award-nominated Bullhead. He stars in the remake as well. What really made me stop, look and listen, however, is the presence of Karl Urban, looking for once very Karl Urban-like.
The premise of the film is both thin and misogynistic. Five friends, all well-to-do thirty-somethings, decide, at Urban’s urging, that they need an upscale version of the “he-man woman haters club” housed in a lavish penthouse. They’re all having a swinging good time until a naked dead woman is found hand-cuffed to a blood-soaked bed with an obscure Latin phrase scrawled on the head board. Ya know…It’s just like that old saying, it’s only funny until someone loses a blonde”.
Five friends who share a loft for their extramarital affairs begin to question one another after the body of an unknown woman is found in the property.
The five are played by Urban, Schoenaerts, James Marsden, Eric Stonestreet and Wentworth Miller. Some of their understandably pissed significant others and FWBs are played by Rhona Mitra, Isabel Lucas, Rachel Taylor (The Darkest Hour) and Elaine Cassidy (“Harper’s Island”).
Maybe there is more here than meets the eye if it warranted an English language version. The screenplay is by Wesley Strick and rest of the cast includes Robert Wisdom and Kristen Lehman (“The Killing”). The Loft currently has no domestic release dates, but Joel Silver’s Dark Castle has the US rights and the arrival of a trailer probably signals one is coming.