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Across The Hall (2009/Image Entertainment Blu-ray)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Film: C



It is sad, but the term Film Noir has become the most abused, misunderstood idea in film thanks to too many film schools, bad filmmakers and those trying to sound smart when they are not.  This is to the point that even filmmakers with some interesting ideas can get confused and sabotage their own projects.  The latest of what seems like an epidemic of cases is that of Writer/Director Alex Merkin, whose Across The Hall (2009) trips up on some good intentions and does not get anywhere we have not seen before.


Co-written with Jesse Mittelstadt and Julien Schwab, the film is about how June (Brittany Murphy in one of her last films, not in this one enough) has gone to a hotel to meet a mysterious man.  Her fiancée Terry (Danny Pino) finds this out and goes searching for her in a art deco-type hotel and does not get anywhere fast.  He even gets his best friend Julian (Mike Vogel) involved, but odds of finding her and walking out as peacefully as he walked in are fading fast.


Though the actors are not bad and locations workable, everything else here fails.  The story is predictable and formulaic, the mystery is non-existent, the pacing is awkward, the 93 minutes do not ad up to much and the makers have no idea if they are doing a Noir, a flat-out mystery or just an excuse to do a stylish film thinking that will be sufficient to make this all work.  As a result, a good set of potential ideas is lost in sheer inexperience, misunderstanding of film genre, cluelessness on how to write a mystery and desperation as reflected in the final product.  That includes a lame conclusion that, like many moments in the film, don’t even fit what seems first intended.   Too bad.


The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image has some good moments, but too often is a little noisier and soft throughout than a new production should be and this is beyond any style attempts by the makers and Director of Photography Andrew Carranza.  The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 mix has some good moments too, but this can be often dialogue-based and has intended moments of silence.  The dialogue recording is not always consistent either.  Extras include interviews, trailer and a making of featurette.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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