Blu-ray Review: Hotel Artemis

STUDIO: Global Road | DIRECTOR: Drew Pearce | CAST: Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Jeff Goldblum, Dave Bautista, Sofia Boutella, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto
RELEASE DATE: Oct. 9, 2018 | PRICE: DVD $17.19, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $19.99, 4K Ultra HD $24.96
SPECS: R | 94 min. | Science fiction crime thriller | 2.39:1 widescreen

RATINGS (out of 5 dishes): Movie  | Audio | Video | Overall

A futuristic action-thriller with a kick and some nifty surprises, Hotel Artemis stars Jodie Foster (Elysium) as the feisty head nurse of a secret Los Angeles hospital that caters to criminals in the year 2028.

All hell breaks loose one night during a riot and brothers Sterling K. Brown (Black Panther) and Brian Tyree Henry (Irreplaceable You) find themselves in the hospital after robbing a bank. Also passing through the facility’s doors are an arms dealer (Charlie Day, Pacific Rim: Uprising), a French assassin (Sofia Boutella, Atomic Blonde), a mysterious woman from the nurse’s past (Jenny Slate, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked), a thuggish orderly (Dave Bautista, Riddick) and the region’s most powerful crime kingpin (Jeff Goldblum, Le Week-End) and his son (Zachary Quinto, Star Trek: Into Darkness). As chaos rages outside, complications and violence increase inside Hotel Artemis.

Anecdotal, violent and filled with colorful characters, Hotel Artemis delivers the action goods and quirkiness in abundance—sometimes it feels like a satire on John Wick and others of its action ilk. But debuting director Drew Pearce, screenwriter of Iron Man 3 and co-scripter of Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation, has some issues balancing the lighter stuff with the kick-ass action and his technical acumen is not up to Wick’s. This is tricky material and it’s not always handled the most impactful way.

Still, with its solid cast and cross-pollination of audience-friendly genres.   there’s enough in Hotel Artemis to give the film a kick in ancillary interest even though it was a disappointment at the box-office, where it brought in a lackadaisical $8 million.

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Irv Slifkin has been reviewing movies since before he got kicked off of his high school radio station for panning The Towering Inferno in 1974. He has written the books VideoHound’s Groovy Movies: Far-Out Films of the Psychedelic Era and Filmadelphia: A Celebration of a City’s Movies, and has contributed film reportage and reviews to such outlets as Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, Video Business magazine and National Public Radio.