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Summary: Terry learns that his fiance, June, has checked into a hotel with another man, sending him into a fit of near-homicidal fury. Desperate to hear a friendly voice, he calls his best friend, admitting he's in a hotel room across the hall from June and plans to kill her lover. (imdb)
The story was good. Also how director split it in parts and rearrange the timeline. But the hotel was stagey and the entire movie was just an extented short story (film was actually a short story made in 2005). The end was effective and the well done opening titles set the right mood. A couple of more films and the director could put out an decent entirety.
While this film starts off in an interesting manner, it quickly takes a turn in the opposite direction. What may be viewed as a creator of suspense, Across The Hall is... slow. It is so slow, that the suspense built up doesn't even matter anymore. Perhaps 55 is a modest score for such a film, but a non-linear story line, above average atmosphere and feel, and a brilliant character in the form of the porter make up for it, even if it is just a bit.
The first half was especially slow and disjointed, I was hoping there would be a payoff, but it just continued to plod along all the way to the end. Not even Brittany Murphy helped to save this stinker. The porter was especially boring and vacant. The plot could make a good movie, but the direction was absolutely terrible. It failed to build real suspense and the ending was unrealistic. This movie fails at so many levels. Don't bother with this one, it is sadly not worth the time to watch.