Rinzy Reviews ‘Hotel Artemis’ (2018)

Release Date: Aug. 10, 2018.

Starring: Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Dave Bautista, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, et al.

***

In the year 2028, Los Angeles is thrown into a constant state of rioting that’s fast spreading as people protest the privatization of water companies. Crime rate is up and so is the resultant injured persons in need of the unique service Hotel Artemis provides. 

 Jodie Foster plays nurse, a woman who’s suffered great losses – her son, medical license, happiness amongst many other things. She’s an embittered woman now, one who masks her pain and numerous anxieties behind snarky remarks, nasty one-liners and a headphone that plays what always sounds like depressing music. She’s the one in charge of Hotel Artemis, using technological advancements as extra hands to patch up patients in need of her service. The clinic is everything to her; a cage used to cope with her agoraphobic condition, and the only thing that’s ensured its survival over the last 22 years are the strict rules guiding its business helped enforced by her ever loyal orderly Everest (Dave Bautista). 

 The hotel almost falls apart in one night. The universe decides to bring all the stray arcs of the nurse’s life to a climax, and she has her hand full dealing with all the many idiosyncratic characters loitering her clinic with their own selfish agendas.

As things get even more heated nurse’s number one rule becomes impossible to maintain: the rule that states guests must never kill other guests. Even the nurse gets tempted to indulge when she gets the answer to a personal tragedy she’s been living with for the last 23 years. 

 Hotel Artemis is a simple movie. It finds a way to tell an intimate story about a hotel and its occupants for one night even when the rest of the world has descended into chaos, which is one of the many reasons I like it.

The supporting characters are decent; some, like Sterling K. Brown and Sofia Boutella, having story-arcs that allows them shine more than others. Even though Hotel Artemis boasts some familiar faces known for good works over the years, they aren’t fully utilized. How do you get Jeff Goldblum in a movie and relegate him to a story-arc that’s mostly off screen? 🙄

I enjoyed watching Hotel Artemis, and I’m sure you will too.

Directed by: Drew Pearce

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

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