Belgian director and game-show host Van Looy directed a Belgian version of this story in 2008, and the morality tale of five married men who share an uptown flat for extramarital assignations travels well to a sexed-up noir New York setting. Yet despite a plausible amalgam of ambition undermined by boredom and arrogance, slack pace and editing in this classic whodunit leave the viewer with enough time to work out what’s working, what isn’t – and why.
The Loft | Directed by Erik Van Looy (USA 2014) with Wentworth Miller, James Marsden, Rhona Mitra. Starts December 11.
Originally published in issue #133, December 2014.