Inexplicably set ten years in the future during a riot in LA, Hotel Artemis has plenty of style but has a story that could use a touch of housekeeping. Jodie Foster plays The Nurse, who runs an upscale private hospital for criminals and others who need medical discretion. Except she really isn't the star, her story runs more as a sub plot to Waikiki (Sterling K. Brown). He plays a burglar who's brother is fighting for his life after a botched heist. Hit woman Nice (Sofia Boutella), arms dealer Acapulco (Charlie Day) , mobster Niagara (Jeff Goldblum) and nursing assistant Everest (Dave Bautista) are all thrown into the mix and round out the main cast.
There is violence inside the hotel, there is violence outside the hotel and way to many sub plots going on at the same time to really develop concern for the characters. The ending is, odd and without giving anything away, I feel i can say, slightly unsatisfying. There is just so much going on in this movie that basically some of it works and some of it doesn't.The mysterious hotel is intriguing and the gritty look makes you think of glorious b films from the 80's. Foster is playing a woman much older than herself and it almost works, but the subplot involving her son seems thrown into the mix in an unsatisfying attempt at giving her an unnecessary back story. Perhaps for a movie of this length it would have been better to simply allow her character to remain slightly mysterious, Dave Bautista plays almost the same character he plays in Guardians, a muscle man with a heart. I assume Charlie Day was there for comic relief, but for once he really wasn't comical. He plays a bad guy who is, well, bad. It's unfortunate they didn't use Day to his full extent and inject a few more laughs into the movie.
Hotel Artemis takes its own sweet time getting around to the action, but when it finally does, its stylized and well choreographed. There is a symphony of kicks and flips and hits that is beautiful to watch. Perhaps if Director and writer Drew Pearce, had focused the story more on one central character and added in a tad more action the film would have been more memorial. Pearce whose writing credits include Iron Man 3 makes his feature directing debut with Hotel Artemis. A film like Hotel Artemis might have been a bit much for a first time director to pull off. That isn't to say the film was terrible, becasue it wasn't. Hotel Artemis is a great movie to watch at home with your favorite libation and pizza. I'm not sure its one you want to run to the theater to see.
Hotel Artemis opens on Friday June 8th, check your local theater for times.