Across the Hall (2009 film)
|Across the Hall|
Theaterical released poster
|Directed by||Alex Merkin|
|Produced by||Jeff Bowler
|Written by||Alex Merkin
|Music by||Bobby Tahouri|
|Editing by||Alex Merkin|
|Distributed by||Image Entertainment|
|Running time||93 minutes|
Julian (Mike Vogel) gets a call from his friend Terry (Danny Pino) who explains to him that he had earlier that day received a call that his fiancée, June (Brittany Murphy), has cancelled her flight. Terry had followed her and discovered that she had checked out a room in a local hotel, after which Terry rents out the room across the hall from June believing she is cheating on him. Terry explains to Julian that, earlier that evening, he had gone to Julian's house, and finding him not home, broke in and stole Julian's gun, and that he is now "about to fuck up." Worried that Terry is about to kill someone, Julian tries to reason with Terry on the phone not to do anything, but after having no success, he tells Terry to stay where he is and wait until he meets him at the hotel in about 20 minutes. During the film, it is revealed that June had canceled her flight because of Julian and that they were cheating behind Terry's back. Terry finds this out when he kills June and tries to call Julian, whose cell phone was still in the hotel room that June and Julian cheated in. Terry tricks Julian into helping move June, framing him for killing her while the police storm the hotel.
- Mike Vogel as Julian, Terry's best friend who cheats with June
- Danny Pino as Terry, the husband who kills June and tricks Julian into getting arrested, getting his revenge.
- Brittany Murphy as June, the beautiful girl who cheats on Terry with Julian.
- Natalie Smyka as Anna, Julian's former lover who figures out Julian is cheating with June and refuses to help him.
- Brad Greenquist as The Porter and only hotel employee that helps guests register and get to their rooms.
The film has been praised by its stylish manufacture and outstanding performance by the main actors. The contrast between the emotions experienced by the main characters against the background of the rundown hotel and the formality of the porter has been pointed out as a great plot device. Nevertheless, some critics believe that the expansion of the short feature into a longer film was not entirely successful.