Rated: R for violence and language throughout, some sexual references, and brief drug use. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: June 8, 2018 Released by: Global Road Entertainment
With a large effective cast whirling around in the Hotel Artemis following a bank robbery that goes wrong on two levels, Director, Drew Pearce weaves a dark plot set in a distant unbalanced future.
Jodie Foster looking haggard and old lives in the famous Hotel Artemis which has been established by the Wolf King (Jeff Goldblum) for criminals who have been wounded while committing a crime or battling in the streets. The price of admission is a fee which is prepaid like most folks pay health insurance. Foster roams in and out various rooms patching up the criminals as best she can based on her background as a nurse. Along with her orderly, Dave Bautista who is perfectly cast as the orderly who not only helps mend the woulds he keeps order in the place.
Sterling K. Brown is the first character we are introduced to as he and his brother (Brian Tyree Henry) are in the process of robbing a bank. As the process moves in a less than polished way little brother takes what looks like a pen from one of the depositors in the bank. The pen like device becomes a prime focus as the story moves on.
Sofia Boutella, a powerfully effective French assassin who enters the building and begins to destroy the gang tied to the Wolf King. The gang which descends on the building is held under control by the remarkably stable but strange Jodi Foster character as she gives orders and only allows members to enter. She only breaks the rules for a young cop (Jenny Slate) who is wounded in the street and obviously is not as member of the Wolf King's secret healing place.
The mix of the characters and the violence that slips into the safe place create a series of questions and much violent action all around Foster's character as she goes about doing her work in a committed and dedicated manner.
We expect a resolution rom all the action and twisting of characters but we only see Foster continuing her work as the credits run, leaving us unsatisfied.