The future… It can be seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, decades, millennia… In the case of Hotel Artemis, it’s eight years. A very possible eight years. California is one fault slip away from becoming an island, the cost of living is extremely high, the homeless population is steadily increasing, and as beautiful as it is… There are some things that could go extremely wrong. This is the setting we get for Hotel Artemis. Similar to the 90s riots in Watts, the riots are caused by a water company cutting the supply. Similar to something that has happened before in California.
In this time of riots, of course criminals will be out doing anything they can to survive. A criminal can’t go to just any hospital though. Therefore, a hospital for criminals was created by Dr. Jean Thomas (Jodie Foster). There are rooms for criminals that have been fatally injured. When Wakiki’s (Sterling K. Brown) brother (Brian Tyree Henry) and The Wolf King (Jeff Goldblum) gets fatally injured, it creates the perfect situation for an assassin. The setup for the film is well done, and it comes together almost perfectly.
Drew Pearce does a wonderful job with his directing. The film is visually well done, and it flows well for the most part. Drew Pearce’s screenplay is missing something though. The first and second act aren’t filled with tons of action, but they are satisfying. You go into the film thinking that once the action starts, it never stops. That isn’t true at all though. The action is on and off throughout the first two acts. The third act is when the action doesn’t stop.
The problem with the film is that there are many potholes. There are some big who and why questions that you will leave with at the end of the film. The film ends on a very emotional note and it does make you think. I feel like 10 or 15 minutes added to the film and all those plotholes are filled, and it gets a much higher rating.
The acting was so good in this film. Sterling K. Brown showed he could truly carry a film. Of course he had the help of Jeff Goldblum and Jodie Foster. Dave Bautista also pitched in an awesome performance. Overall he had the best performance in the film, alongside Sofia Boutella who played Nice (Niece). Brian Tyree Henry and Charlie Day (Acapulco) were great as supporting cast along with Zachary Quinto who played Ilya, The Wolf King’s son. The actors portrayed their characters very well, and did amazing. The action sequences are awesome, and the choreography is amazing. The way that everything rides during the action sequences is amazing.
Despite a script that is lacking, the actors and visuals carry the film. The idea and originality of the film help make the film more fun. This film is ambitious in every way, and Drew Pearce put his all into this film. He created something that will be revisited by the cult-like fanbase it will catch. As low of a budget as the film had, the crew still made an effort to make it great. The effort is appreciated, but the lack of depth in the story ultimately brings down the films overall rating for me.
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Starring Jodie Foster, Dave Bautista, Sterling K. Brown, Jeff Goldblum, and Sofia Boutella –
As rioting rocks Los Angeles in the year 2028, disgruntled thieves make their way to Hotel Artemis — a 13-story, members-only hospital for criminals. It’s operated by the Nurse, a no-nonsense, high-tech healer who already has her hands full with a French assassin, an arms dealer and an injured cop. As the violence of the night continues, the Nurse must decide whether to break her own rules and confront what she’s worked so hard to avoid.