Hotel Artemis

Movie review by
Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
Hotel Artemis Movie Poster Image
Lots of violence, strong language in sci-fi actioner.
  • R
  • 2018
  • 97 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

There are elements of loyalty and bravery, sticking your neck out to do the right thing, and familial closeness, but the film isn't trying to convey any particular lessons.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character is well-meaning despite providing illegal medical services for criminals; she tries to do the right thing. Her orderly is loyal and brave. Otherwise, almost all the other characters are killers, illicit arms dealers, and the like. On the plus side, race and gender aren't issues (except in regard to one intentionally obnoxious, sexist character).

Violence

The violence comes in spurts -- an opening shoot-out, a few quick scuffles -- and then a whole bunch of hand-to-hand fighting, stabbings, and killings pile up near the end. It's mostly non-graphic, though there's a gruesome throat-slitting and some close-up views of surgery.

Sex

Aggressive talk about sex by a man who's failing to impress/intimidate a woman. Kissing.

Language

Frequent strong language includes "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "c--t," "pr--k," "a--hole," "goddamn," "hell," "crap," "son of a bitch." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Quick shot of a character snorting white powder. One character's addiction to IV drugs is shown via physical evidence. Not shown: The addicted character abusing a therapeutic (though illegal) drug. Other characters are shot up with painkillers, etc. Talk of a dead family member who was an addict. One character is an alcoholic.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hotel Artemis is about a nurse (Jodie Foster) and her orderly (Dave Bautista), who run a secret, high-tech hospital for criminals. Bad guys show up, some worse than others, conflicts occur, and there are lethal confrontations. Most of the violence/action is comic book-style, with occasional moments of gore. Expect martial arts fights, shoot-outs, and some visible wounds. The most gruesome moment is when a character's throat is slit. There's also drug use and abuse/addiction, kissing, and a character with an aggressive sexual attitude. Swearing is strong and frequent; words include "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," and more. The patients who frequent the hospital are played by many familiar faces, including Sterling K. Brown's bank robber, Sofia Boutella's assassin, Charlie Day's arms dealer, and Jeff Goldblum's top crime boss.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byStevie111 June 8, 2018

Enjoyabe and well done action thriller

Hotel Artemis is an interesting film. It draws inspiration from other films, but at the same time is still fairly different and original. It has interesting ch... Continue reading
Adult Written byManuelNard August 10, 2018

Hotel Artem

Will watch using my boxxy software for Foster and Goldblum.
Teen, 14 years old Written byTranqqsaraan345 June 9, 2018

Violent movie about a secret hotel for criminals.

Hotel Artemis is a weird, bloody, and filled with language movie that I didn’t really enjoy
Teen, 14 years old Written byNicosB12 June 10, 2018

What's the story?

HOTEL ARTEMIS is a secret, high-tech hospital for criminals in near-future Los Angeles. It's run by a woman known as the Nurse (Jodie Foster), who cares for the patients and follows the rules. She's assisted by Everest (Dave Bautista), a hulking orderly who enforces those rules as she requests. An array of injured folks shows up during a night of citywide riots. The patients include a bank robber (Sterling K. Brown), an assassin (Sofia Boutella), an arms dealer (Charlie Day), and a major crime boss (Jeff Goldblum). Conflicts ensue, rules are broken, and blood is spilled.

Is it any good?

The movie is entertaining, with a relevant social/political context, but you can't help but feel it could have been more fun. Hotel Artemis feels like a looser, mouthier page in the John Wick-ipedia, in which well-set-up killers have strict codes and slick clubs. After an opening shoot-out, the movie takes quite a long time to get to the slam-bang action we all know is coming when a movie features Boutella as an assassin. Some of the interpersonal stuff works, especially the fond relationship between Foster and Bautista. But some doesn't, such as the lack of chemistry between Brown and Boutella, the ordinary-feeling storyline between Brown's character and his brother, and the lack of big-dealishness projected by Goldblum's Big Boss. The always-welcome Jenny Slate also drops in, but her segment feels more like a detour than a twist. These bits slow down the ride and reduce the tension.

In his directorial debut, Drew Pearce (co-writer of Iron Man 3) has taken pains to create a world outside the hotel that increases the stakes inside it: In chaotic 2028 L.A., citizens are ready to burn the city down over the privatization and deprivation of clean water. Even more of that intruding into the hotel's insular world would be welcome. But there is some sly commentary, such as one obnoxious character talking about escaping LA by flying "south to the wall" and the Nurse saying in another scene, "This is America, lady. Eighty-five percent of what I fix is bullet holes." There's snappy dialogue, as when the guy trying to seduce/strong-arm Boutella's assassin complains, "You're gonna give me a superior act?" and she coolly replies, "It's not an act." The sci-fi tech is fun, and when we finally get to see Bautista and Boutella unleashed, it's popcorn time. So Hotel Artemis definitely has plenty of positive elements -- they just feel separated at times by character stuff that doesn't truly fascinate. You'll definitely leave wanting much more of Boutella doing her thing. She's awesome. But who knows? The door is open to a sequel.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Hotel Artemis. Is it extreme? Is it more or less than what you expected? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • How are drinking and drug use portrayed? Are there consequences? Why is that important?

  • The movie feels like high-tech sci-fi, but it's set only 10 years from now, in a Los Angeles where people are rioting for clean water. How did this context affect your experience with the movie?

  • Is the nurse "good," "bad," or something else?

Movie details

For kids who love action and sci-fi

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