WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Hotel Artemis, in theaters now.
Drew Pearce's Hotel Artemis is one of those action films which doesn't really have a hero. Instead, the movie is set in the vein of high-octane flicks such as John Wick and Atomic Blonde, where individuals who go wherever the loot is, or wherever personal vendettas take them.
Here, we dive deep into a riot-filled Los Angeles ten years from now, where Nurse Thomas (Jodie Foster) is in charge of the Artemis, a front which doubles as a secret hospital where criminals can come for medical aid. in addition to some very strict rules, the hotel's quite picky about its membership, which proceeds to drive the plot of two brothers, Waikiki (Sterling K. Brown) and his brother, Honolulu (Brian Tyree Henry), who come knocking for assistance after a botched robbery.
Things go from bad to worse though, as a pen Waikiki took from the robbery brings the Wolf King (Jeff Goldblum) seeking revenge. In the end, while a few 'protagonists' of the story do end up surviving, a lot's still left up in the air as Pearce smartly sows seeds for a sequel.
As the movie concludes, Waikiki, after sadly losing his brother, escapes with the Nurse, both targets of the Wolf King whose minions are laying waste to the hotel searching for them. Everest (Dave Bautista), the Nurse's orderly, and Nice, an assassin who eventually murders the Wolf King, help the duo by fighting off the remaining goons. Everest is doing so out of loyalty, while Nice is making up for her assassination, which coincidentally resulted in the loss of Honolulu's life.
In escaping, Waikiki kills Franklin (Zachary Quinto), the Wolf King's son, but is severely injured. When they make it out, the Nurse surprisingly indicates she's going back to hopefully make the Artemis a better place now that the Wolf King (its owner) and Franklin are dead. Stunned but at peace with her, Waikiki reveals he has to head out to another hotel to seek assistance: Hotel Apache. In other words, Pearce has built up a universe populated by shady hotels, similar to the Continental Hotel setup in the John Wick franchise. Waikiki leaves for his new destination, while the Nurse returns to find Everest safe and sound, ready to open the Artemis back up again. The existence of the Apache opens up a world of possibility, as the audience is left wondering if they're all secret hospitals, or have other nefarious purposes.
Pearce further expands things via a mid-credits scene, where we see the lights of the Artemis turning back on after the attack, indicating it's indeed back in business. What most noticeable though is also a quick shot of a shadowy female figure running across the screen, presumably Nice, whose fate we didn't get to see in the film like we did with Everest.
What's intriguing about her survival is that apart from being tasked with the job on the Wolf King, she was the one who showed Waikiki why the Wolf King was hunting him: The stolen pen secretly contained $18 million dollars worth of valuable diamonds. With Waikiki escaping, Nice may still have some unfinished business with him, quite possibly looking for a payday after successfully executing her target. This is a world where alliances don't last for long, after all.
In theaters now, director Drew Pearce’s Hotel Artemis stars Sterling K. Brown, Jodie Foster, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day and Dave Bautista.