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Across the Hall (2009)

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A thriller about a standoff between a young man, his fiancée and his best friend who comes to his aide.

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Alex Merkin

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Alex Merkin (story), Jesse Mittelstadt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mike Vogel ... Julian
Danny Pino ... Terry
Brittany Murphy ... June
Brad Greenquist ... The Porter
Arie Verveen ... Lucas
Natalie Smyka ... Anna
Guillermo Díaz ... The Cook
Dov Davidoff ... The Bellhop
William Stanford Davis ... Custodian
Erika Ringor ... Detective
Mark Engelhardt ... Officer
Chase Kim ... Police Officer
Erika Seifred Erika Seifred ... Dominatrix
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Storyline

The unbalanced Terry calls his best friend Julian that is having a bath telling that his beloved fiancée June is cheating him. Terry has followed her to the decadent Riverview Hotel, where she checked in to meet her lover in room 507. Terry explains to Julian that he brought a revolver to shoot her lover and is waiting for him in room 508, but his friend asks him to be calm that he will meet Terry in the hotel. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Revenge is only one door away.

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

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Rated R for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La habitación de enfrente See more »

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Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1)

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was a remake/full length version (by the same writer and Director) of the 2005 short Film presented at the 2005 film festival. See more »

Goofs

Describing the hotel's early history, the porter tells June and Terry that the first guests included the conductor of the Chicago Philharmonic. The Chicago Philharmonic was established in 1989, far later than the hotel's apparent age. See more »

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Art Deco Neo-Noir has more style than substance?
3 December 2018 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Across the Hall is directed by Alex Merkin and Merkin co-writes the screenplay with Jesse Mittelstadt and Julien Schwab. It is adapted from Merkin's short film of the same name that aired in 2005. It stars Mike Vogel, Brittany Murphy, Danny Pino, Natalie Smyka and Brad Greenquist. Music is by Bobby Tahouri and cinematography by Andrew Carranza.

The Riverview Hotel, and Terry (Pino) has rented the room opposite the room where he believes his fiancée June (Murphy) is cheating on him...

Alex Merkin clearly loves film noir and knows his noir onions, this is not in doubt due to the twisty story, characterisations and superb stylistics on offer here. And just in case anyone is in any doubt about this, the keen of noir eye will notice the film showing at the theatre next to the Riverview Hotel is Nightmare Alley, the brilliant Tyrone Power noir pic from 1947.

On the style front the production is top draw, Carranza's photography is both beautiful and ghostly, creating a brooding atmosphere befitting the plot machinations. The look is supplemented considerably by Tahouri's edgy pulse like musical score, while the Art Deco design of the Riverview is a splendid accompaniment to dark deeds unfolding.

As a story we are served up standard fare, the insertion of twisters and linear jumps not really lifting it out of its predictable trajectory. Which is a shame, because performances are solid and Merkin obviously has love for noir as a film making style. The resolution is expected but handled well enough to pay off the patient, but as a whole Across the Hall just about rises above average, but really this is more down to style than substance. 6/10


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