Drew Pearce - a first time director with a dream cast, budget, and locations - wrote Iron Man 3 and Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation which is to say a talented but bland filmmaker. This a movie loaded with influences but no voice. You've seen a shade of every single character, motivation, and dynamic in other better films. It's well made and has a phenomenal cast that can elevate almost anything but it still sinks.
While it's definitely uneven, and not without its faults, there is a unique charm about it, it has actually been since the first John Wick that I hadn't seen a mainstream film being so subtly imaginative.
A solid thriller, with some surprisingly good performances, built on top of a really fun dystopic settings. An all-around saviour in a summer cinema line-up that's just sequels on top of sequels.
It's nice to see some original content. I just wish the content carried through on its initial promise. Hotel Artemis toes the line between pulpy fun and whatever it ends up being... fascist, maybe? I don't know.
One star for talent wasted on tedious tale. Cast? Great. Visual atmosphere/set design? Incredible. Camera work? Stunning. Writing/story? Trash. If I was a professor I'd take scenes from this and teach them as exemplary examples of various visual techniques. It's truly, as a piece of cinematic craft, one of the best movies I've seen. That it manages to suck so bad despite all it has going for it is a minor miracle.
This film does have some holes in its world-building and the plot has its "all too convenient" moments. Nonetheless, it's still a good pressure cooker thriller, building the tension and danger with each passing moment. The cast all show clear dedication to their roles (even if some are obviously outclassed by others). Add in the dark humor, and you have a perfectly enjoyable 90-odd minutes.