Bad Times at the El Royale

Qantas - - ONQ. -

Cast Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm

◖141 min­utes ◖Crime ◖MA 15+ ◖A V L D S ◖In-seat A priest who can’t re­mem­ber (Jeff Bridges), a hip­pie with a hostage (Chris Hemsworth) and a soul singer with a metronome (Cyn­thia Erivo) are some of the strangers who meet at the once glo­ri­ous, though now de­serted, Lake Ta­hoe mo­tel, The El Royale, to be greeted by the trou­bled young re­cep­tion­ist, Miles (Lewis Pull­man).

Ev­ery­one has a se­cret to bury, all have a shot at redemp­tion – but only one is in­no­cent. This mys­tery thriller writ­ten and di­rected by Drew God­dard (The Cabin in the Woods) plays out like a sur­real jig­saw puz­zle – truth and lies spin on a roulette wheel as, over one night, we find out that no­body is what they ap­pear and every­body is watch­ing some­body else.

But why? We’re kept guess­ing un­til the very end. Don’t blink – you’ll need every twist in each char­ac­ter’s back­story, re­vealed in flash­backs.

The di­verse and en­ter­tain­ing cast, in­clud­ing Jon Hamm as a fasttalk­ing sales­man, is ex­cel­lent and the di­a­logue (there’s a lot of it) is witty but it’s Pull­man’s por­trayal of a man who’s afraid for his soul that will for­ever haunt you.

©2018 Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox Film Cor­po­ra­tion

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