Hotels and motels are shady at best these days, but none of them compare to the criminals and characters that check in and out of Hotel Artemis. Directed by Drew Pearce, Hotel Artemis is a quirky, thrill ride of a hotel that welcomes the wounded and wanted. For better or for worse, the audience is invested in the fate of each and every guest we encounter.
Shot in LA with a soundtrack of 70’s California rippling throughout, Hotel Artemis takes place during a riot in the summer of 2028 and opening with a bank robbery gone wrong led by Waikiki/Sherman (Sterling K. Brown).
That’s when the action begins as Sherman and his brother check into Hotel Artemis. Each suite is armed with the latest medical technologies, medication and named after exotic vacation locals such as Waikiki, Nice, Acapulco, Niagara. The rules are strict. No killing other guests. No cops. Only members will be admitted for treatment.
Well, obviously rules are made to be broken and they are shattered by the guests, the owner (Jeff Goldblum) and the management (Jodie Foster and Dave Bautista).
The cast is all- star led by Drew Pearce. Pearce, associated with such blockbusters as Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Iron Man 3 has made his debut by taking the helm with the writing and producing of this action-adventure feature.
Sofia Boutella as Nice who “only kills important people” blazes the screen and commands every scene she inhabits! She is truly girl power at its finest!
Sterling K. Brown (Waikiki) grows leaps and bounds with each film he stars in and this one is no exception. He has that “it” factor and quiet sexuality of performances given in the past by Sidney Poitier and Denzel Washington. His characters eyes tell you everything you need to know.
Jodie Foster hasn’t been on the big screen in a minute, but doesn’t skip a beat as The Nurse. Foster painfully conveys the angst and inner turmoil this fragile old woman has endured for 22 years since crossing the threshold of Hotel Artemis. We are on her journey 💯%.
The comic reliefs, Jeff Goldblum (The Wolf King) and Charlie Day (Acapulco) can take any dialogue and have you rolling in the aisles for days. Charlie Day is literally like a roach who refuses to die as Acapulco and Goldblum is creepily comical as The Wolf King.
Hotel Artemis is a complicated, thrilling ride for adrenaline junkies and fans of great actors who know how to draft characters with heart. With a running time of 93 minutes, this film produced by Global Road Entertatinment and The Ink Factory opens in theaters nationwide on June 8, 2018.