Film Archive: Hotel Artemis (2018) Review

A bit of a slow burn, but damn what a packed cast.  And when the action starts, it really doesn’t slow down.

Certificate: 15

Director: Drew Pearce

Screenwriter: Drew Pearce

Starring: Jodie Foster, Sofia Boutella, Dave Bautista

Genre: Action, Crime

Runtime: 94 Minutes

Language: English

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

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Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, ‘Hotel Artemis’ follows the Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals. – From IMDB

Back in olden times when cinemas were a thing, I went and saw this movie in the cinema.  And while I remember quite liking it, I couldn’t really remember what it was all about.  So when it got put onto Netflix, decided to give it another try.  I am glad I did for the most part.  The action is real slow to start, giving you the plot in drips and drabs, taking it’s time to introduce you to the characters and the rules of the world that we are going to be inhabiting for the hour and half that we are spending here.  You have to bare with it.  After the initial bank robbery scene, the pace slows way down, and that might not be to everyones liking, but it does pick up again towards the end.

Right around the time the glorious Jeff Goldblum arrives, and then shit hits the fan big time.  Some superbly shot fight sequences,  pulse racing tension and action as things really start to fall apart around the hotel it is well worth waiting for.  But wait for it you must.

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It will be no secret to literally anyone that Jodie Foster is amazing in this film.  Her character, while appearing like a pretty simple role, has a lot more going on then you think, and it takes a good seasoned actress like Foster to make that apparent, to make her into more than just the nurse at the hotel, and bring to life the other more interesting and heart-breaking parts of her story.  Sure all the little reveals and links between everyone are pretty convenient and seem to come out of nowhere, but I never said that his movie was a masterpiece.

The ending kind of bothers me, it seems a little anti climactiv for all the waiting around and drama that we do get.  I was expecting more of a big finish.  Instead things just all wrap up nicely, the nurse overcomes her problems and everyone sails into the sun set.  A bit of a let down.

If you want to check this film out for yourself, ‘Hotel Artemis’ is streaming now on Netflix.

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