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Los Angeles in the not too distant future: Chaos and anarchy reign on the streets, a civil uprising is imminent. Waikiki (Sterling K. Brown) and his team want to exploit this situation for a bank robbery. But the plan fails and for Waikiki and his seriously injured brother there is now only one safe place left: the Hotel Artemis, a secret hospital for criminals. The fact that this place can exist at all is due to the fact that the director (Jodie Foster) has always persistently demanded that her "guests" observe certain rules. So far this has worked - but unfortunately Waikiki's brother took something from the raid that a particularly powerful and unscrupulous man wants back. And whether his henchmen will abide by the rules of the Hotel Artemis seems questionable…
"Hotel Artemis" is essentially a very good thriller with cult potential. Well, the hospital with its rules already reminds very strongly of the gangster hotel in the "John Wick" movies. But detached from that, this gloomy vision of the future has some really good ideas and atmospheric pictures, which actually give the film a great cult potential. The problem is that director Drew Pearce has set his sights exactly on that. It seems as if he wanted to create a cool cult film with all his might, whereby his staging lacks exactly the casualness that would have been necessary for the concept to work. However, Pearce meanders indecisively between hysterical jokes, dark drama and brutal thriller and loses sight of the already thin story more and more.
When the action starts to move towards the end, it's already too late. It's not necessarily the actors. Jodie Foster is really good as a resolute head nurse with panic attacks, Sterling K. Brown from the drama series "This is Us" proves to be quite a cool sock, Dave Bautista is perfectly cast as a muscle package with an iron will to survive and Jeff is Goldblum - Jeff is Goldblum. The only negative thing that stands out here is that Charlie Day ("Kill the Boss") acts even more hysterical than usual, and that Sofia Boutella again only plays another variation of the role she became famous for in "Kingsmen".
Good actors, a promising initial idea and a really good visual implementation help to make "Hotel Artemis" worth seeing in the end. However, these positive aspects make it even more apparent that there are some obvious weaknesses in the script and the direction, which are responsible for the fact that this action thriller can become the cool cult movie that it obviously wants to be. And that's just disappointing, which at the end also leads to the conclusion "Worth seeing with some compromises".
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