Hotel Artemis

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2028.  Los Angeles.  Riots.  Trouble all around.  What do the criminal types do when they are injured?  Why, if they are a member, they head to Hotel Artemis where they get patched up and saved, but make sure you follow the rules.

This movie feels like the concept of the Continental from the John Wick series of movies, though the film does not feel like a John Wick movie.  Honestly, it was like this took place in the same universe as John Wick, but without the amount of action.

We meet several characters who have been admitted to Hotel Artemis where The Nurse (Jodie Foster) runs the hotel and helps patch up the guests using high tech futuristic medical supplies.  Everest (Dave Bautista) is her bodyguard/handyman/assistant health care provider who is loyal to The Nurse.

Other characters who are admitted to Hotel Artemis include Waikiki (Sterling K. Brown) and his brother Honolulu (Brian Tyree Henry) who are fresh off a bank robbery, Nice (Sofia Boutella) who has her own mission, Acapulco (Charlie Day) who is a big mouthed jerk, Morgan (Jenny Slate) a cop with a connection to The Nurse, and The Wolf King (Jeff Goldblum) who actually owns the place.

Jeff Goldblum really made the movie better the minute he arrived.  Goldblum has quite the presence and you can feel it here.  His scenes with Jodie Foster were some of the best of the movie.

The strength of the movie is definitely the characters and the interactions between the characters.  I loved the scenes with Jodie Foster and Dave Bautista.  Bautista has really come into his own as an actor and I can’t wait to see his next role.

The story itself though is not as strong in Hotel Artemis as it could have been.  The story felt very isolated, almost as if it were a group of smaller scenes pasted together without enough connection.

There was some action, but not nearly as much as I would have expected.  There is an action hallway scene with Sofia Boutella which was solid, and Bautista had a few moments, but that was about it.  The film is more about the dialogue and the connection with the characters.  Some of the characters work better than the others.

This feels as if the concept of the film was greater than what we got, but I did like the fact that we got a group of interesting characters who were interacting with one another.  Another borderline film that I am recommending.

3.1 stars

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