BEWARE THE MOON REVIEWS
I feel me watching this film was full out fate - fate, I tell you! While on one of my 'buy any cheap horror films I can get my hands on', at the Poundshop this time I feel; trips, I bought this film, The Loft. "Five married friends who begin to suspect one another of murder after the corpse of a young woman appears in the shared inner-city loft they use for extramarital affairs and other nefarious purposes."
I had wanted to watch this film for ages since buying it, but felt it might be one the parents might enjoy too, aren't I just the best daughter?! But, I waited for months as whenever I suggested it, something else was always watched instead, so, alas, The Loft was still unwatched. Few weeks later, I got an email from good old Netflix saying they had added a film I might like - these are some of my favourite emails. IT WAS THE LOFT THAT THEY HAD ADDED. So, of course, I felt I had to watch it, the Netflix version, not my DVD of it, because I am a ball bag like that...
The Loft features a great cast, along the lines of James Marsden to a more hairy Channing Tatum, and with more clothes on. It's pretty much a bit like if Cyclops, McCoy from Star Trek, Magic Mike and Cameron from Modern Family having a throw down of some sort...
Here comes my good old catchphrase, brace yourself..., "I loved this storyline!", a woman turns up dead in the group of friends locked up loft - that is pretty damn brilliant. It's a bit like a kinky Murder on the Orient Express - don't quote me on that though, I haven't seen the new one so who nows what Kenneth Branagh added in...
The Loft is set out in a very clever way. You see the friends, you see them all happy, you see the dead body and before you know it, you see each friends secrets and flashbacks, showing none are as innocent as they are letting on...
Let's be honest though, them not being innocent is in no way a shock or a spoiler - everyone saw it coming. Twisty and turny films like this always have those innocent to start with characters who have secrets - especially when said characters have a secret loft for affairs; that's not exactly a pure thing to do. You know each guy is going to declare their innocence and that they are virgins, (not entirely true, but close enough.), and each one will be proven wrong.
I would say my favourite thing in The Loft are the twists... Real quick story; I went on a first date last week, pretty much after watching this, and me being me, I was excited for this film and mentioned it. He was pretty sure he had actually seen it, shock horror, but did say he guessed some of the twists, I saw some, as there are a fair few twists running through this little beauty... Don't say I don't treat you, getting another persons thoughts on a film, even while on a first date.
Now, back to the films and less about my dates that I thought went well...
This film has a lot of twists, as I have just mentioned, throughout the film, you are told one thing and made to believe it, which then turns out to be a lie, and then you are told something else, but that also turns out to be a lie, it's just a game of lies. You are made to feel like one of the friends in the group, and each lie seems to get bigger and bigger until right at the end, everything seems to explode. I loved it - it's such a damn good ending. I have no idea if you could work out any of it though, I hope not, I didn't try to work any of it out and I am so glad I didn't. If you do, you might cry and regret it...
Overall, The Loft is a great unknown film. It has a great storyline, a great cast and those damn great twists that punch you right in the face. It doesn't rely on the twists though at all, it's a good film even before the twists, the storyline on its own can hold its own. I would highly recommend this film and feel kind of sad it is not more well known... Lots of bad reviews on it too, which also makes me sad - give it a chance.
Watching horror films since like 2003, when I could stand dead bodies..