Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, HOTEL ARTEMIS is an original, high-octane action-thriller starring Jodie Foster as The Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only hospital for criminals. Jodie Foster is joined by an all-star cast that includes Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Bryan Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista.
What We Thought:
Overall Hotel Artemis is good, but there’s a better movie in there somewhere. The trailer made it seem like a balls to walls action movie like Dredd or The Raid franchise, but it’s more a drama than action movie.
The first hour of the film feels like a John Wick prequel, an explanation of the hotel that Wick visits and stays at and has its own set of rules. I would be fine with that because I love the John Wick movies. Jodie Foster runs Hotel Artemis and is the “nurse” who takes care of criminals. Criminals must be members, follow rules and guidelines and behave inside the hotel. At this night, the rules are broken. Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Bryan Tyree Henry, Zachary Quinto, and Charlie Day are criminals trying to find safety and repairs at the hotel. Dave Bautista is the hilarious orderly.
Even thought the film isn’t quite the action film I expected, it opens with a good robbery scene and ends with a pretty bananas fight sequence. If the ending was more of the movie, I would have really liked it. Alas, there is too much story that gets in the way.
My biggest issue is the flashback scenes. It gives a backstory to Jodie Foster’s character and honestly, I just didn’t care. Foster runs the hotel, she has her own rules. I don’t need to know why she started there. The flashbacks not only didn’t work and were unnecessary, they felt completely different than the rest of the movie. They were jarring and felt so misplaced.
But the cast is really good. Foster is still a fantastic actress. Brown is always good. Boutella plays a cross between her Atomic Blonde character and her character in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Goldblum and Day are always good for comedic relief as is Bautista. Nicknamed Everest, he is funny and kicks some ass.
Even though I didn’t love Hotel Artemis, I still enjoyed it. If you drop the flashbacks and get rid of some of the storylines (Jenny Slate’s character is pretty much unnecessary as well), it’s a tighter, more fluid film. It’s definitely not the action film I thought it would be, but I would watch it again which is something I haven’t said often the past year or so.
Cast & Crew:
- Jodie Foster
- Sterling K. Brown
- Sofia Boutella
- Jeff Goldblum
- Bryan Tyree Henry
- Jenny Slate
- Zachary Quinto
- Charlie Day
- Dave Bautista