It’s 2028 and Los Angeles is on edge as rioters and disgruntled thieves are storming their way across the city. Those that are injured, make their way to the Hotel Artemis, a members-only hospital.
There was a lot of mystery surrounding this film, I was really excited to watch it but I couldn’t really tell why. We hadn’t seen many trailers for it, nor had we seen it advertised within the cinemas that much either. Thankfully, it was released in one of our local cinemas because this film is an absolute hidden gem.
Hotel Artemis follows the story of The Nurse (Jodie Foster), who runs the hotel as a criminal hospital as the city of Los Angeles is run ruined by rioters. Her assistant/security/maintenance man, Everest (Dave Bautista), also lives in the hotel and helps her with the daily criminals. When they check in, each criminal is given a codename based on the room that they’re staying in – the story follows Nice (Sofia Boutella), Acapulco (Charlie Day), Waikiki (Sterling K Brown), Honolulu (Brian Tyree Henry) and the un-nicknamed, Wolf King (Jeff Goldblum).
Jodie Foster is sensational in this film. Her character appears to have a form of PTSD where she cannot cope with the thought of going outside because of all the violence and anger going on, or because of her son passing away – the outside world is a dangerous place after all. Although she has this continued vulnerability throughout the film, her character also takes no shit – you don’t have a membership, you don’t get in. You could be bleeding out in front of her, but with no membership, it’s tough shit!
The Wolf King’s son (Zachary Quinto) tries to reserve a space in the hotel for the Wolf King (he actually owns the hotel) but as he doesn’t have a membership, she can’t allow him into the hotel nor is he injured. If the Wolf King wants a space, he’s got to get there before the spaces are filled. In retaliation, Zachary Quinto starts welding all the doors closed, putting the Nurse in an awkward position when she finds someone she knows injured and waiting outside the back door.
I forgot how good of an actor Zachary Quinto is, he plays the wounded, pathetic and aggressive son of a mob boss very well and I find myself wanting to punch him in the face every time he comes on the screen. Speaking of good actors, is there anything that Sofia Boutella can’t do?! First Gazelle in Kingsman, then the Mummy in well… the Mummy… and now this – she is a complete badass and is one of the characters that truly make this film dynamic.
I’m not going to give much more away as the story is one of the greatest parts of this film. Not knowing very much about it definitely lent itself to the nature of the film as I was gripped the whole time, waiting for more information and more action to take place. It’s a nice change of pace from a lot of the other films we’ve seen recently and definitely stood out from other gang/crime films.