Even criminals need medical help sometimes. Enter the Hotel Artemis. In a near future LA torn apart by riots over access to clean water, a woman known only as The Nurse (Jodie Foster) runs a secret, members-only hospital inside an old art deco hotel. Entry requires two conditions: dues must be paid upfront, and the rules. Must. Be. Followed.
The cast for this new thriller is positively stacked – along with Foster, we have Jeff Goldblum, Dave Bautista, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Charlie Day, Zachary Quinto, and more. That cast, plus the intriguing premise, is enough to have us adding this film to our weekend plans. And we haven’t even scratched the surface of the plot yet!
Sherman Atkins (Sterling K. Brown) leads a group of thieves who take advantage of the chaos caused by the riots to execute a bank heist. Things go sideways, and he must take his injured brother Lev (Brian Tyree Henry) to get medical help at the Artemis. Usually Sterling K. Brown is making us weep on a weekly basis in his role as Randall Pearson on “This Is Us”. If he’s playing a badass bank robber with a heart of gold in Hotel Artemis, sign us up!
By the time Sherman and Lev arrive at the Artemis, The Nurse has already checked in a sultry French assassin played by Sofia Boutella. We loved Boutella’s vulnerability and naivete in her scenes with Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde, but to be honest we’re delighted to see her returning to the take-no-prisoners type of female she played in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Details about her character are under wraps until the film’s debut on June 8, but we’re willing to bet she’ll butt heads with Charlie Day in his role as a narcissistic, smarmy arms dealer.
Charged with keeping order and healing the injured at the Artemis is the orderly, Everest, played by Dave Bautista. Best known for his role as Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy
vol. 2 as well as the recent Avengers: Infinity War, he’s perfectly cast in that role as a powerful if slightly dim antihero bent on avenging his family. In Hotel Artemis, he seems to be showing a bit more of a sensitive side as a "healthcare professional"… but at the same time, you don’t want to mess with him!
The entire operation of the Hotel Artemis depends upon the largess of a mobster dubbed the Wolf King, played by Jeff Goldblum. He’s one of those rare actors who manages to elevate every film he’s in, most recently imbuing his role as The Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok with a kind of weird, kinetic sensuality and casual unpredictability. We can’t wait to see what he does with the of Wolf King, but we think it’ll have something to do with indulging his volatile son Crosby played by Zachary Quinto.
The Nurse (Foster) who runs this secret state-of-the-art hospital hidden on the top floor of the Artemis is a no-nonsense, high-tech healer who can handle almost anything except the outside world. But tonight is a particularly busy night at the Artemis. In addition to the Atkins brothers and the other guests-slash-patients, the Wolf King is on his way for an impromptu visit, and meanwhile there’s an injured cop, Morgan Daniels (Jenny Slate), out back begging to be taken in.
Morgan’s arrival not only forces The Nurse to break her own rules… she must confront everything she’s worked so hard to avoid for 22 years. All while, in her words, “the night goes to hell in a handcart full of blood and ***t”. We know from her multiple award noms and 2 Oscar wins that Foster is a hell of an actress, and frankly we can’t wait to see what she does with this role.