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WATCH: Enter the world of Hotel Artemis, a hospital run exclusively for bad guys

Jodie Foster and Jeff Goldbum star in this crime-ridden dystopian thriller.

Source: Warner Bros. UK/YouTube

‘THIS IS AMERICA. Eighty-five percent of what I fix is bullet holes.”

What would happen if Dublin, Cork or Galway descended into a city-wide riot? Well in a futuristic Los Angeles, a gang of criminals decide it’s the perfect background for a bank robbery. But when one gets badly injured, they need somewhere to take refuge.

Enter Hotel Artemis – a secret, members-only hospital for criminals run by Jean ‘The Nurse’ Thomas (Jodie Foster) for over two decades.

In fact, it’s the first film two-time Oscar winner Foster has starred in for half a decade, and reviewers around the globe have given her return a warm welcome back to cinema. In the meantime, she’s been directing several TV episodes including a few from the latest series of Orange Is The New Black, House of Cards and Black Mirror.

Her physical transformation to The Nurse is impressive, and something that she told The New Paper was actually a really exciting part of the filming process for her:

It’s fun to feel free enough to play a little grey-haired lady [...] I love the idea of surprising [viewers] [...] The whole thing contributes to creating a brand new character that I think nobody has seen before.

On a particularly busy night at the Hotel Artemis, the now-grungy but once-luxurious building in downtown, Sherman (Sterling K Brown, This Is Us) seeks urgent medical care for his brother Lev (Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta).

In the hotel, each room is themed and named after a glamorous holiday destination and criminals are known by their room name. Things take a dangerous twist with the arrival of ‘The Wolf King’, a crime boss played by Jeff Goldblum.

Hotel Artemis is a directorial debut for its screenwriter Drew Pearce, who previously worked on the likes of Iron Man 3 and the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Scottish-born Pearce actually shot Hotel Artemis independently so it’s a bit of a passion project for him away from his usual blockbusters, as he told The Scotsman:

My ideal is to make smaller, more idiosyncratic movies like Hotel Artemis as a writer/director, but keep writing the giant movies if they’ll let me.

The film’s score, which was created by Drive composer Cliff Martinez, has reviewers buzzing. It contains a new song from Father John Misty who also has a small cameo in the film as a bank robber.

The impressive supporting cast also includes Sofia Boutella (Star Trek Beyond), Jenny Slate (Parks and Recreation), Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story), Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) and Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy).

Want to see inside the doors of Hotel Artemis for yourself? You can experience Jodie Foster, Jeff Goldblum and Zachary Quinto in action when Hotel Artemis releases in Irish cinemas on Friday, July 20th. You can have a peek at videos, photos, trailers and even grab yourself tickets at Hotel Artemis’ official website. 

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