“Hotel Artemis” was just plain awesome. It’s set in 2028 Los Angeles where nothing but malevolent riots and touches of anarchy take place in the midst of Middle America. The hotel is essentially a place criminals go when other plans go south. It’s a place where only paying members are allowed.
The latest residents are Waikiki (Sterling K. Brown) and his brother Honolulu (Brian Tyree Henry) who were shot when a bank heist went awry.
Oscar-winner Jodie Foster is The Nurse and “Guardians of the Galaxy’s” Dave Bautista plays Everest, the “heath care professional,” who aids The Nurse in her work.
The Nurse suffers from agoraphobia. When she goes outside, the fresh air is like a foreign experience to her. Other occupants of Hotel Artemis include small arms dealer Acapulco (Charlie Day). He sniffs cocaine like it’s the last piece of candy available in the store.
Sofia Boutella portrays Nice, a contract killer who negotiates a higher salary when a job creates a conflict in her next tour of duty. The fight scenes harken back to another awesome flick: “The Raid 2,” a Taiwanese import in which a deaf baddie uses ball-peen hammers as her weapon of choice.
Jeff Goldblum is The Wolf King, a higher-up in the black market who helped get Hotel Artemis off the ground. It is where The Nurse got a fresh start in the industry after some shady past dealings.
Director/screenwriter Drew Pearce came directly from script writing duties for “Iron Man 3” and “Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation.”
I have a feeling this one, like either John Carpenter’s amazing “Escape From New York” (1981) or even 1982’s “Blade Runner,” is bound to become a cult classic. It’s a cool movie that just settles in. One will want to visit again in the future because it is just that dynamic.
I would also give it accolades for having a stylish design similar to the new Karl Urban-led re-telling of “Dredd” (2012) by Pete Travis.
“Hotel Artemis” is enjoyable because the storyline sets up the parameters at the beginning: The visiting hours are never, and there are strict rules and regulations to get a hotel account.