• by Wes Singleton

Hotel Artemis, C+


Rated R, 97 minutes

The violent new dystopian thriller "Hotel Artemis" has some fun moments amidst a disjointed narrative. It's directed and written by Drew Pearce, writer of "Iron Man 3" and "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" and features an all-star cast. If you enjoy lots of futuristic violence, this might be your thing, but if not you may want to find another place to stay.

As rioting rocks Los Angeles in the year 2028, disgruntled thieves make their way to Hotel Artemis -- a 13-story, members-only hospital for criminals. It's operated by Jean Thomas aka The Nurse (Oscar-winner Jodie Foster), a no-nonsense, high-tech healer who already has her hands full with a French assassin (Sofia Boutella), an arms dealer (Charlie Day), a thief (Sterling K. Brown) and an injured cop (Jenny Slate).

"Hotel Artemis" is best for bringing back Foster to helm a movie; she hasn't had a great role in a few years, and while this may be slightly out of her element, she still has fun with the role. She has a couple of great scenes with "Jurassic Park's" Jeff Goldblum in a tiny part that amounts to little more than a cameo.

On the downside, the story is a bit of a mess and all over the place, brimming with inconsistency (OK, so the Nurse has all these rules, only to break them in a second when she brings in a cop friend of hers) and a lot of entertaining violence, the best of which is handled by Boutella and "Guardians of the Galaxy's" Dave Bautista, both of whom get in lots of kicks and body slams.

"Hotel Artemis" is an mildly entertaining but forgettable dystopian thriller, made better by Foster's Nurse, who grounds the film nicely.


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