The Loft (Blu-ray)

August 3, 2015 4 Min Read

Review by: Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

Five friends agree to secretly share a loft. The ultimate goal is to escape from their everyday boring lives for a bit. Some of them have affairs and fulfill many of their fantasies. Karl Urban plays Vincent Stevens and he’s the one who comes up with the idea to share the loft. The four other friends are Chris (James Marsden), Luke (Wentworth Miller), Marty (Eric Stonestreet) and Philip (Matthias Schoenaerts). The trouble begins when a dead woman is discovered in the loft. She’s found dead on a bed and handcuffed. A crucial plot point is made that there are only five total keys, one is given to each of the five friends. The film then flashes back to the events leading up to the discovery of the body.

I wasn’t expecting much from the film, but it did manage to hold my attention. I felt it was lacking in character development at first, but we learn more about the characters as we flashback to earlier events. It makes a pretty strong argument for all of the characters to be potential suspects, and that angle is part of what held my interest. This is a remake of Loft, by the same Director. There’s also a Dutch version as well, but I’ve yet to see either of those. I’d be interested to see how all three versions differ. It helps that we get recognizable stars here. When you have good cast, it only helps with a film like this. I was intrigued by the central mystery even though the film wasn’t particularly thrilling. It still kept me with it. This feels like a film that would’ve been right at home in the 90’s when these types of films flooded theaters. I was more than willing to go along for the ride. As long as you don’t overthink things and just let the film take control, you should enjoy this film. Once everything is revealed, the film gets a bit too “talky” as it tries to wrap up all the loose ends, but getting there is half the fun.

Video: How’s it look?

Universal has delivered a first rate transfer here. The image is near flawless throughout. Details are strong and colors always sharp. The image is AVC encoded with a 2.40:1 ratio. The bold red from the blood is quite strong as well. The film is confined to only a few locations, but it’s never less than sharp. The print is also free of any issues. Fans will be pleased.

Audio: How’s it sound?

Right from the opening moments, the DTS HD track involves the viewer. The rear channels were given plenty to do as we hear plenty of background noise, including rain drops and scenes with plenty of chatter. Vocals were always heard loud and clear. I did have to adjust the volume a few times since it fluctuated at times, but it was always enjoyable.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Sadly, all we get here is a DVD copy and a digital copy code, nothing more.

  • Previews
  • DVD/Digital Copy

The Bottom Line

While certainly a guilty pleasure, there’s still plenty to enjoy about The Loft as long as you go in with the proper mindset. The central mystery kept me intrigued and the cast was solid. While I think a second viewing might be necessary, the lack of special features stings. I’d advise a rental.

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