Movie Title: Hotel Artemis
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min.
Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo
Where did I watch it?: Home
Hotel Artemis has a great cast, a lot of style, but not a lot of substance. The Hotel Artemis has clients that are exclusively criminals. They pay a membership fee for top flight illegal medical care. The Nurse (Jodie Foster) has been running the hotel for twenty-two years and has maintained a strict set of rules that dictate the hotel’s behavior. Los Angeles is locked in an insane, sustained, state of rioting. Water has been privatized to a large corporation and the poor are rioting. Waikiki (Sterling K. Brown) has just botched a heist and his brother is shot to bits. He takes him to the hotel for medical treatment, but during the heist his brother incidentally robbed one of the biggest criminals in the city. He isn’t taking it lying down. At the same time, The Nurse is forced to compromise her rules to take in someone she cares about, and it could end the business. The rules are interesting, but they seem like they would never have worked in the first place.
The technology and style of the hotel are very cool. There is nano technology and 3D printed livers. It reminds me of the hotel in John Wick, but with a different cast of characters, and much more high tech. The use of music to cure The Nurse’s many phobias is cool and she has clearly suffered some trauma. The problem is that the story has far too many little details that are not explored enough. At a certain point they should have started trimming back on the details that would not be further explored. The plot comes together for the most part, but there are some holes in that too.
The cast is great. Jodie Foster plays her leading role well. It is supplemented by Sterling K. Brown, Jeff Goldblum, Sofia Boutelia, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista. They all work together really well and keep the movie compelling.
Hotel Artemis is a fun movie without too much substance. It is still a good popcorn ride even with all its flaws. See it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Kin (2018)