Hotel Artemis (2018)

Director: Drew Pearce

Writer: Drew Pearce (Screenplay)

Starring: Jodie Foster, Sterling K Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, Dave Bautista


Plot: Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, ‘Hotel Artemis’ follows the Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.

Tagline – No Guns, No Cops, No Killing The Other Patients 

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Enjoyable Action Film


Story: Hotel Artemis starts in the future with a riot running through LA, bank robbers Waikiki (Brown) and his brother Honolulu (Henry) get injured which leads them to the criminal hospital known as Hotel Artemis, run by the Nurse (Foster), you must be a member to be treated in this hospital and her clients including Nice (Boutella) and Acapulco (Bautista).

The Nurse’s night doesn’t get any easier when the building owner’s son Crosby (Quinto) wants to be treated, breaking the rules to get to the location and when cop Morgan (Slate) breaks through she must help her too. Her only protection comes from orderly Everest (Bautista), as the night turns into chaos.


Thoughts on Hotel Artemis


Characters – The Nurse runs a criminal hospital disguised like a hotel, she has exclusive memberships which will see her help injured criminals for money, if you don’t follow the rules you don’t get treated, she does have a dark past though which has kept her inside for years. Waikiki is the smarter of the brother’s who have just committed a robbery, he takes his injured brother to the hotel, which does seem him being nosey while he is being treated. His brother Honolulu gets injured in the escape, his choice to what to steal leads to the chaos within the hotel. Nice is an assassin planning her latest job, which will involve a patient in the hospital. Niagara is the king of crime, he helped start up the hotel knowing just how good The Nurse is at curing people. Morgan is a cop that has a connection to the Nurse’s family, she is the only cop that she has helped in her time in the hotel. Crosby is the youngest son of Niagara, he is a loose cannon not willing to take no as an answer. Acapulco is a magician that is currently in the hotel, he talks too much believing that he can talk or buy his way out of anything. Everest is the orderly in the hotel, he deals with any unwanted guests and does the odd jobs around the hotel. There is a problem with the characters though and that is, that we must have codenames and real names, depending on who are the ones that know who.

PerformancesWhen it comes to the performances, Jodie Foster is the highlight because she is the only good person involved out of the people that get enough time to do anything. This is the problem for most of the stars, they just don’t get enough time to make the biggest impact, Dave Bautista however does seem to enjoy his role in the film getting to play the biggest member and the funniest member of the cast.

StoryThe story follows the events inside a secret hospital disguised as a hotel to which criminals come for medical attention, only this night is when riots have taken over the city and the rules are about to be broken. The story works for the fast pace style of this movie, we do have to digest a lot of characters, nine main ones which clearly doesn’t give the characters enough time to do their thing. The strangest way to describe this story, would be that it feels like a season finale to an interesting world we don’t get to experience enough. I do think this is extremely watchable as a story though, never getting too complicated even with the pure number of characters we have.

Action/Crime/Sci-FiThe action is fast paced shooting mostly, we have a couple of fights, it shows how the underworld needs to operate to stay afloat. The crime world we see just how many people will visit this hospital in search of help. The future shows just how hectic the world has become.

SettingsThe film is set inside the Hotel Artemis, which is a secret hospital in the middle of the city for criminals, it is a clever idea to make our characters only facing off within the walls.

Special EffectsThe effects are shown mostly in how the surgery happens using newer technology which doesn’t seem too far away.

Scene of the Movie –
The escape plan.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Some of the characters just don’t get enough time to make an impact.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun fast paced action film, it does have good performances even if it does become crowded in places, we have a clever idea which at least is original from Hollywood.


Overall: Fun and easy to watch.




Taxi Driver (1976)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Writer: Paul Schrader (Screenplay)

Starring: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Albert Brooks, Peter Boyle


Plot: A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, while attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Classic, Maybe Not?


Story: Taxi Driver starts we meet Travis Bickle (De Niro) a war veteran struggling with sleep and finding peace in night shifts as a taxi driver as he becomes fascinated by campaigner Betsy (Shepherd). Travis also isn’t happy with the state of New York City and wants to see it cleaned up.

When Travis decides to get himself protection he starts to look to clean up the streets himself to protect a preadolescent prostitute Iris (Foster) which leads to the violent outbreak of his.


Thoughts on Taxi Driver


Characters – Travis Bickle is the lonely unstable former marine that is suffering from insomnia deciding to take a job as a taxi driver at night, he wants to clean up the street and his anti-social behaviour makes his isolation become a violent outrage against the city. Iris is an underage prostitute in the city that keeps crossing paths with Travis and is the one that Travis most wants to protect. Betsy is the love interest of Travis, well the woman he takes out twice only to show us how difficult he finds it to socialise.

PerformanceRobert De Niro does carry this film with a performance that could be the best of his career. Jodie Foster is brilliant in her role where she shows how talented she was at a young age. The rest of the cast are good throughout the film as De Niro works with them all.

StoryThe story here looks into loneliness in the Big Apple, a man that doesn’t fit in and wants to clean up the streets which he believes are not going the way he believes he should. We look at the underworld of prostitution and see the colourful characters that come out at night but in the end it just feels like a study of New York itself.

CrimeThe crime underworld being shown in this film is good as we see one man want to clean up the streets in his own way.

SettingsNew York is a setting I always love seeing used for settings and in this film we get to see the darker side of the Big Apple.

Scene of the Movie – You Talkin to Me?

That Moment That Annoyed Me The fact the film has been put on the all time greats list.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film I have only ever heard wonderful things about and sure the acting is fantastic throughout, the idea of a man feeling like he needs to clean up his neighbourhood is good to but when you look at the full picture it mostly just feels slow and dated in the storytelling process which spends over an hour building in one direction only to head off into another one for the second half of the film.


Overall: Brilliant acting, but storytelling leaves questions marks.




Black Mirror – Arkangel

Director: Jodie Foster

Writer: Charlie Brooker (Screenplay)

Starring: Rosemarie DeWitt, Brenna Harding, Owen Teague


Plot: After nearly losing her daughter, a mother invests in a new technology that allows her to keep track of her.



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Verdict: Beautifully Disturbing


Story: Arkangel starts when Marie (DeWitt) could go through her own living nightmare, when her daughter Sara goes missing, luckily, she is found safe and sound. Being a worried parent, Marie takes a chance to join up to a program for a chip to be installed in Sara’s head which lets her see what Sara is feeling, it also means she can filter anything inappropriate from her life.

When Sara doesn’t seem to be able to reach to natural minor violence or scares, Marie switches off the device which brings their relationship closer, until she reaches the high school age and the worries of a parent return to the device.


Thoughts on Arkangel


StoryThe story here plans into the idea of a parent always worrying about the safety of their child, it could be increased after a moment that could have seen her child lost. The side effects are clear and with a system that could easily turn every parent into an obsessive, while the kid could be an innocent victim of being over protected. With the technology we have affordable to us now, this could easily become a reality as parents feel the need to protect against the evil of the world, but this could also take away important learning curves needed in the growing up process.

Scene of the Episode –
The night that changes everything.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Seriously, do all kids just do drugs?

Final ThoughtsWhen it comes to Black Mirror, you know we have warnings in the shows, this plays into the warnings side of the message about technology and the side effects it could have if we let it control our lives. I can’t help but say I loved the tone in this episode, it needed to be set to this style, so we could enjoy moments that unfold in a way where Sara wouldn’t know what was going on. This is a must watch for anyone who can enjoy a thriller that sends a message.


Overall: Tense and beautifully disturbing is the best way to describe this one.




Maverick (1994)

maverDirector: Richard Donner

Writer: William Goldman (Screenplay) Roy Huggins (TV Show)

Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Graham Greene, Alfred Molina, James Coburn, Dub Taylor


Plot: Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief.


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Verdict: Tiresome Comedy


Story: Maverick starts as Bret Maverick (Gibson) finds himself at the end of noose recounting what left him in this awkward predicament. Maverick looking to enter a poker tournament and goes on a string of miss-adventures as he finds himself constantly in trouble to make this happen.

Maverick is joined by thief Annabelle Bransford (Foster) and Marshal Zane Cooper (Garner) but also finds himself having a bounty on is head. Will Maverick make it to the game on time along with finding the money to enter the poker tournament


Thoughts on Maverick


StoryThis story just seems to be a repeating formula of Maverick finding himself in trouble only to be coning everyone involved. The film actually feel like a series of short episodes after all it is based off a television show but in the end just doesn’t strike all the points it needs to.

Action/Comedy/WesternThe action is based from the comedy going on in the film which is a rinse repeat formula all set to the western backdrop.

Characters/PerformanceMaverick feels like a true con-artists like character that always just escapes from what he finds himself in. Annabelle is made to be a clumsy woman which gets boring after a while with the rest of the characters just seemingly being involved in the wild adventures Maverick finds himself in. when you look at the performances they are all fine but they all get tiresome after a while.

SettingsEach setting throws us back to the old west in a bright colourful way for once as we see all the different locations that Maverick finds himself in. They all help push the film into the direction it is needed for the final game.

Final ThoughtsWe have seen this in other genres and in this one we seem to get the same gag over and over while there is a twist in nearly every scene too.


Overall: Not the best and could easily be better.




Money Monster (2016)

money monsterDirector: Jodie Foster

Writer: Alan DiFiore, Jim Kouf, Jamie Linden (Screenplay) Alan DiFiore, Jim Kouf (Story)

Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Denham, Lenny Venito


Plot: Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes over their studio.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Amazing Thriller


Story: Money Monster starts as we see Lee Gates (Clooney) preparing for his financial TV show as we see the director Patty Fenn (Roberts) trying to make everything go to plan. What looks like an everyday show takes a sinister turn when a delivery man Kyle Budwell (O’Connell) takes the show hostage.

Kyle is a victim of a stock call by Lee, keep the show live on air Kyle wants to expose the truth with Diane Lester (Balfe) who is second in command under the man responsible for Kyle’s target Walt Camby (West). Kyle wants answers and this could bring the stock market crashing down around the tycoon Walt.

Money Monster tackles the stock market ups and downs with the idea that it can drive the victims to the limits. We do get the great idea that we could have had way too much stock market talk which does stop us getting bored rather than just getting to the point. This is a thriller that starts in one location while we do learn the truth with everything going on in the background which all works too. I will say this is one of those stories that is easy to follow and will go in a direction you don’t always see it going.


Actor Review


George Clooney: Lee Gates is the charismatic TV host of a financial show that guides people on all the best and worst investments. Lee finds himself being held hostage having to keep Kyle calm as the truth get exposed live on his own show. George is great in this role showing his charming side along with his desperate to survive side.lee

Julia Roberts: Patty Fenn is the director of the Money Monster television show, she has to deal with Lee’s ego but is capable of keeping him in line. She also has to make the difficult decisions when it comes to deciding whether to keep the show on the air. Julia is great in this role being strong throughout.patty

Jack O’Connell: Kyle Budwell is the young man that takes the show hostage because he has been a victim of an altercation on the stock exchange, he wants answers after losing all of his money and this will give him that chance. Jack continues to show his rise starring in this role where he matches the A-listers with ease.kyle

Dominic West: Walt Camby is the owner of the stock that crashed, he can’t be reached for the hostage situation. All fingers point to his involvement but can he get exposed. Dominic is good in this role as the greedy business man.

Support Cast: Money Monster has a supporting cast that all give good performances with Caitriona Balfe be the star of them with Christopher Denham added comic relief.

Director Review: Jodie FosterJodie gives us a great directed thriller that builds up the tension from the first moment until the final scene.


Crime: Money Monster throws into a crime taking part where we watch how Kyle holds the show hostage to expose the real crime going on.

Thriller: Money Monster keeps up the tension from the moment Kyle walks onto the stage till the final scene.

Settings: Money Monster keeps most of the films real tension inside the studio while also walking down Wall Street.
Special Effects
: Money Monster doesn’t use many special effects and really doesn’t need them.

Suggestion: Money Monster is one I do think everyone will enjoy especially if you are a fan of tension. (Watch)


Best Part: Tension building.

Worst Part: Nope


Believability: No, but certain parts could be away from the hostage.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: I would like it to and I will say outside shot.

Budget: $27 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: #FollowTheMoney


Overall: Brilliant Tension Filled Thriller