Set in the future in Los Angeles, the city is full of riots. No one is safe! Hotel Artemis is a top-secret hospital for criminals who pay a high price in advance should they ever need the service as a matter of urgency (getting shot, stabbed, etc.). This hospital is run by a woman known as The Nurse (Jodie Foster). Throughout one night, we are introduced to the dark world of this hotel and a few of the criminals who seek help.
Firstly it’s so good to Jodie Foster in a new film! I feel like it’s been some time since we have seen this actress in a movie. This film is a very dark and gritty and I personally enjoyed that Jodie played the role not of a villain, but someone who cares for criminals instead. The film also delivers a unique back story for her character as to how she became the manager of such a strange place. But! Like a criminal in her hotel, she too has other secrets of her own.
The film also has many actors, some of which include Dave Bautista, Charlie Day, Sofia Boutella and Jeff Goldblum (yes you read it correctly- Jeff Goldblum is in this film). For the sake of spoilers, I will not discuss all the characters and their roles in this film.
Hotel Artemis is reasonably necessary in regards to its story structure and plot. If I’m honest, there were many moments where I felt that I was watching a pretty decent looking film and then there were other moments where the appearance and acting make it feel more like a B Grade film instead.
Some characters will do some of the most corny, over the top, one-liners and enjoy spending time complaining or threatening. Each character thankfully does have a purpose and their own story, which keeps us guessing as to how it will end up.
Throughout the film, we are given more thrills, thanks to the mystery of our leading lady, The Nurse. The film enjoys putting most of the film’s thriller elements into this character and her back story. During the film, there were moments where I felt it just didn’t entirely pay off though.
Overall, this is a gritty and dark film. It’s great to see the excellent Jodie Foster on screen as she takes on a unique role while working with other big actors (such as Jeff Goldblum). The film presents some ideas creatively, but some of the film’s thriller elements don’t provide the result that I felt we should have got, considering how much time spends on selected characters. Some characters dialogue can also be a little too much for this film.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden