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Hotel Artemis

Set in Los Angeles 2028, Hotel Artemis is the only place that offers honor and healthcare among thieves. Nurse Thomas (Jodie Foster) shuffles along the hallways, treating criminally inclined patients at a speed walking pace you’ve seen early mornings at your local mall. Everest (Dave Bautista), and you can guess why they call him that, is a serious healthcare professional. Adoring of Nurse Thomas and her rules of non-violence within these hallowed art deco halls, he goes the extra mile with an axe.

When expert assassin Nice (Sofia Boutella) intentionally checks herself in to complete a hit against the Wolf King of Los Angeles (Jeff Goldblum), the rules of Hotel Artemis quickly descend into chaos. All the while, the city outside rages with riots due to water privatization and the crowd is headed to the HQ, only three block away from the Artemis.

Truly fun with an intriguing futuristic aesthetic, Hotel Artemis is has a very talented cast that brings life to archetypes and reels you in. The strained, but loving sibling relationship Sterling K. Brown and Brian Tyree Henry give notes to reality to this highly stylized apocalyptic hellscape. Smoke, shadow neon light, and fire set illustrate the shiny tech next to the unavoidable decay that is a consequence of greed. Everything Suicide Squad could have been, but was not.

While there was definitely a need and expectation for more action and fight scenes, for the first time in a long time I wished the film were longer.

Maria Jackson
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