Hotel Artemis

Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster stars in Drew Pearce’s thriller Hotel Artemis.     


Hotel Artemis 

You’d be forgiven if you mistake this film for yet another Purge sequel—that one opens in July. These riot-torn, nihilistic near-future films all seem to blend together. But writer/director Drew Pearce (co-writer of Iron Man 3 and Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation) has landed a solid lineup of thespians for his dystopian vision of 2028 Los Angeles, which he and cinematographer Chung-hoon Chung (lenser of last year’s It) proudly shot on artfully lived-in soundstages courtesy of production designer Ramsey Avery (10 Cloverfield Lane). Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster plays an agoraphobe known only as The Nurse, a quiet, no-nonsense shut-in who runs a secret, members-only hospital that caters to the criminal underworld, situated inside an armored upper floor of an old art deco hotel. OK, so Pearce obviously borrows a few pages from John Wick’s playbook, as well, including the requisite assassin (Sofia Boutella), the hot-headed son of a mobster (Zachary Quinto) and well-choreographed bouts of gun- and knife-play. Sure, it’s derivative, but any movie that gives Guardians of the Galaxy’s soulful muscleman Dave Bautista a chance to hold his own with Foster (while playing an orderly named Everest, no less) is original enough. It might aim low, but fans of B movies should enjoy catching this one on the big screen before it becomes a future staple of late-night cable. (At Assembly Row, Boston CommonSeaport, Somerville, South Bay and in the suburbs.)

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