A secret hospital exclusively for criminals. What could go wrong?
Hotel Artemis is a cyberpunk thriller film set in 2028 about an agoraphobic nurse (Jodie Foster) and her complicated business: running a criminals-only, luxury hospital in the abandoned hotel. Two brothers get involved in a botched bank heist where one gets shot. Waikiki (Sterling K. Brown) takes his brother, Honolulu (Brian Tyree Henry), to Hotel Artemis for treatment, but something very valuable is taken during the heist and the owner comes to claim it back.
Bearing in mind that this is Foster’s first feature film in close to half a decade, she pulls off the role of the seemingly organised nurse who’s deathly afraid of going outside. Writer and director Drew Pierce set the story to have many twists and executed them brilliantly, as he did with Iron Man 3. The film features four actors who played roles in the Marvel Comic Universe: Sterling K. Brown (The Black Panther), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Kenneth Choi (Captain America: The First Avenger), and Jeffrey Goldblum (Thor Ragnarok). – Bryan Turner
* Hotel Artemis is available on DVD from most entertainment retail outlets. It is supplied by Ster Kinekor Home Entertainment.
Aquaman steps out of the water …
Braven is a film about a tree logger named Joe Braven (Jason Momoa) and his family: his wife (Jill Wagner), daughter (Sasha Rossof), and Alzheimer’s-suffering father (Stephen Lang). Joe suggests to his friend that he uses Joe’s family cabin to rest during a long ice road journey, but his friend declines. Joe and his father decide to go to the seemingly empty cabin to talk about options for dealing with his father’s Alzheimer’s disease and they encounter some unexpected guests.
Jason Momoa steps out of the fantasy realm of his Aquaman role and his successful Dothraki character in HBO’s Game of Thrones, and into the action role of Joe Braven in Braven. While this movie is a B-grade action film, it becomes evident that Momoa is a brilliant action actor. He shows a consistent commitment to protecting his family and fighting off thugs, similar to the attitude of John Wick. Momoa is not the only strong character, as the film makes room for a similarly strong female character, Braven’s wife, as she uses a bow and arrow to defend her daughter. Overall, the film has a mix of action and suspense throughout. – Bryan Turner
Braven is available on DVD from most entertainment retail outlets. It is supplied by Ster Kinekor Home Entertainment.