HOTEL ARTEMIS – Rated R – I hr. .33 mins.
Director: Drew Pearce
Writer: Drew Pearce
Starring: Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Charlie Day, Dave Bautista, Jeff Goldblum, Jenny Slate, and Zachery Quinto
As we venture into LA in the year 2028, lives hang in the balance for both its residents, and the criminals who risk being out on the streets of this Godforsaken city…
Luckily for the criminals, a hotel has been set up for MEMBERS ONLY ~ complete with a nurse (Jodie Foster) that has the means and the knowledge to patch everyone up, and to get them back on their way…
When brothers Waikiki (Sterling K Brown) and Honolulu (Brian Tyree Henry) find themselves in need of the Nurse’s services, it seems that other members of the Hotel, and of Waikiki’s past have found their way to the doors of this establishment for some medical intervention, including the gorgeous Nice (Sofia Boutella) and the crazy Acapulco (Charlie Day) …
But, as our criminals soon find as well, even the bad guys can’t always get a break…when the owner of the hotel and the King pin of LA Niagara (Jeff Goldblum), finds himself in need of Nurses services this time around…thus keeping Nurse from the others, as she braces for the worst, once Niagara finds out exactly what’s been happening “at his hotel” …
I give HOTEL ARTEMIS a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD or NETFLIX: Well, like you can tell from the trailers for this film, many aspects of HOTEL ARTEMIS are very JOHN WICKish to say the least, bringing another dimension to the premise of “even criminals need a place to stay once in a while, and if you can get sewn up and back on your way in the process, all the better”. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Foster back on the big screen, although, the whole time I was hoping and praying that I had aged better than the way they made her look throughout this film J The rest of the cast was good to view, as Brown, Day, Bautista and Boutella were fun to follow all the way through as well. I really wish that Pearce would have put a lot more thought into plot development this time around though, as it seems like there isn’t enough substance to any of these characters, or into their limited interactions either. I also wish that they would have given much more screen time to Goldblum, as although his character is very important in the scheme of this storyline, his lack of presence on screen, was rather disheartening as well…thus, leaving me to suggest that if you enjoyed John Wick, or John Wick 2, you might want to head out and catch HOTEL ARTEMIS at a theater near you…but just know going in, that even though this storyline is reminiscent of those films, it doesn’t come close in the action or depth of its characters and storyline, which is why I am suggesting that you might really want to wait to catch this one on DVD or NETFLIX.
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HOTEL ARTEMIS – Rated R – 1 hr. 33 mins
Director by: Drew Pearce
Cast: Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, Dave Bautista
At the Hotel Artemis, criminals can get the medical attention they require without any threat of danger just as long as they don’t break the hospital’s rules – this time the rules will be broken and everyone is in danger.
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HOTEL ARTEMIS was not what I thought it was going to be. After seeing the trailer for it, I got really excited and couldn’t wait to see it, but just like the movie DRIVE and it’s trailer, HOTEL ARTEMIS became an entirely different kind of animal than what I was expecting. Now…it’s not a bad movie, but I was definitely expecting something more along the lines of THE RAID or DREDD, but instead got MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL (cough…terrible film). The premise was great and the opportunity for some really kick ass action was limitless, but they did not go that root. Instead, they decided to follow the drama side of these characters and focus more on the emotional relationships of the story. On the bright side it was nice to see Jodie Foster acting again. We haven’t seen her in a major motion picture since her role in ELYSIUM (which was 5 years ago and an awesome film!). She was one of the main reasons I was excited to see HOTEL ARTEMIS because I thought it was a heavy duty action film and you don’t really see her in that genre often…if at all. But unfortunately we still won’t because that’s not this type of movie. The only two that really do save this picture for me are Dave Bautista (aka Drax) and Sofia Boutella (aka Mummy). These are your action stars of this “almost a drama” film and to be honest, they don’t do that much to write home about. This film needed more story development, a ton more action, and a bit more character background. In a word, HOTEL ARTEMIS just needed MORE. If they have plans for a sequel to HOTEL ARTEMIS expect it to be something along the lines of SMOKIN’ ACES 2: ASSASSINS’ BALL, where it goes straight to video, has cheesy acting, and has you wondering why they made a sequel at all. In my opinion you should wait to watch this one at home and save your money. It’s either a Netflix movie or a Redbox rental at best. Until next time, thanks for reading.