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The Loft by John Frizzell (Review)

posted Jan 27, 2015, 4:22 PM by Kaya Savas

The Loft is your below average, run of the mill thriller about a bunch of skeevy guys who all rent a loft to bang chicks in behind their wives’ backs. All hell breaks loose when one of them find a dead naked woman handcuffed to the bed. So basically this is just a reimagining of Peter Berg’s repulsive Very Bad Things I suppose. Composer John Frizzell is behind the score that unfortunately fails to really do anything of substance.

When you start with the main title track one would think you’re in for a fun score even though the film is incredibly disposable. The opening track is in fact quite good and very enticing. I loved the propulsive strings, it created an atmosphere of seductive suspicion. Immediately once track 2 starts, all that was working is now gone. For the rest of the 45-minutes of score you’re subjected to atmospheric note holding. Pretty much being let’s see how long we can hold this note on the strings before we have to introduce another note. I guess a better way to explain this score would be to imagine yourself sitting at a piano. Then strike any key of the piano but hold that key down, wait for that note to just barely fade away. Right as it fades away, go ahead and strike another key on the piano. Now, replace that piano with strings. There you have the score for The Loft. No tension building, no suspense, no dramatic builds and barely the hint of a central motif. I honestly could not tell the difference between tracks. The music has no narrative support or structure, and only adds maybe minimal atmosphere to this supposed mystery.

The Loft is an instantly forgettable attempt at suspense scoring. The score adds absolutely nothing to the narrative and is barely structured at all. There is no sense of progression, no builds and just a fair hint of a central motif. The opening track is the only thing of note, but whatever momentum it builds immediately vanishes. If this score did any less, this would have been a scoreless movie.