Small Screen Reviews
Hotel Artemis Review
What’s It About?
A hotel that happens to be a members-only hospital for criminals becomes the focal point when a number of cons seek refuge at the same time.
Who’s In It?
Jodie Foster (Taxi Driver, Silence Of The Lambs, & more recently Elysium)
Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, The Fly, Independence Day)
Sterling K Brown (Black Panther, This Is Us, American Crime Story)
Other notables include:
Sofia Boutella (Star Trek: Beyond, Kingsman, & more recently Atomic Blonde)
Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Margin Call, American Horror Story)
Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses 2, Pacific Rim, The Lego Movie)
Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy, Spectre, & more recently Blade Runner 2049)
Director: Drew Pearce (debut)
Despite being an accomplished writer with credits including Iron Man 3 and Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation to his name, Drew Pearce has opted for the director’s hot seat. And what a seat to land for your first gig. With an interesting premise penned by himself, Pearce has managed to resemble a cast of ridiculous proportions including the likes of Jodie Foster, Jeff Goldblum, and a host of other talents to boot.
Set in the not too distant future, as riots engulf California due to limited water supplies, the film sees two brothers caught up in a heist that goes wrong, and with one of them injured, the pair seek refuge in a once glorious hotel, which is now a members-only hospital for criminals. Whilst receiving treatment, they come across a host of other crims with various agendas, who are all under the watchful eye of The Nurse, and her heavy, Everest.
The cat is well and truly amongst the pigeons when news that the owner of the hotel, and crime magnate himself The Wolf Of LA has been injured and is heading over, alongside his trigger happy son.
Jodie Foster gives a remarkable if disappointingly rare performance as the elderly nurse with a tragic backstory, and she is ably supported by the comic and oh so dependable Dave Bautista. Sterling K Brown is as charismatic as ever, while Sofia Boutella, Charlie Day, Zachary Quinto and Jeff Goldblum all weigh in with brief but memorable performances.
If anything, the film tries to fit in too many characters, or could have done with being a touch longer, and while the setting and characters are fun and memorable, it won’t seem all that original if anyone has see the John Wick films, who also have a members’ only hotel for criminals. That said, it is tense, fun and a thrill to watch.
In A Nutshell:
A tense, claustrophobic thriller with a first rate cast and an interesting premise which just falters at the end.
Jodie Foster and Dave Bautista
A wonderful tense and claustrophobic affair
Too much to do in too little time
Release date: 26/11/2018