Hotel Artemis (2018)
It takes something special from a movie or really any form of media to leave the audience wanting more. It is rare for any form of media to create some element that is so captivating and intriguing that the audience feels a desire to continue to explore that element. Normally this feeling would show some positive with whatever form of media you are looking at but there is another side to it, Hotel Artemis is a perfect example of a piece of media that left me wanting more because of its failure to properly explore and use the world and characters that it develops.
I will say flat out that Hotel Artemis has one of the most intriguing worlds and some of the most interesting characters that I have seen all year, This movie throws you right in the middle of riot torn Los Angeles as the city has become a war zone over a battle for clean water. From there we meet nurse Jean Thomas (played wonderfully by Jodie Foster) who runs the Hotel Artemis, and exclusive hotel/hospital that often sees criminals taking shelter. This is an amazing set up that I was fully invested in for the first half of this movie, not only are there a million places you can go with this plot but it was all held together by the character of Jean Thomas who was a huge highlight of the film. She had a wonderful charisma to her and her character had quite the intrigue to her, you can tell that her character has history and this is a character I wanted to explore.
I also really like the rest of the actors and characters, Dave Bautista continues to impress me more and more every time I see him, Charlie Day gives such a natural performance that is filled with humor and charisma, and possibly even most surprising, Jeff Goldblum gives his character this aura of seriousness and danger that makes his character feel like a true threat.
However to my disappointment this movie abandons really exploring this world and it's fantastic cast of characters to make a pretty average action movie. From around halfway in the plot very rapidly creates a web of plot points that lead together into one major action scene with tons of moving parts. It's not that the action in this movie is bad but the set up feels rushed and I would of rather had a dramatic dialogue based building of tension that actually used these characters and this world. If this story got a 8 episode miniseries on Netflix which was able to focus on building these characters with an edge of bloody action (which didn't take away from the dialogue and character development) I think this could be incredible, but as of right now this movie will go down as a pretty average action movie that I will remember for its potential.