Bad Times at the El Royale

Genre:  Thriller
Running Time:  141 min.
In theatres: October 12, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 4.17
based on 24 votes and 10 reviews
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Cast: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Chris Hemsworth

Synopsis

Lake Tahoe, California, 1960s. Several guests arrive to seek shelter at the rundown El Royale hotel, whose main attraction is that it straddles the state line between California and Nevada. The guests include a vacuum salesman (Jon Hamm), a wannabe Motown singer (Cynthia Erivo), a priest (Jeff Bridges) and a hippy woman (Dakota Johnson), who have all brought more than just their physical baggage to the hotel.

Each guest houses dark secrets about their past, which will all be revealed during one fateful night at the El Royale, a hotel filled with secret passages, cameras, and two-way mirrors, so every guest is under constant surveillance. The unexpected arrival of cult leader Billy Lee (Chris Hemsworth) proves the tipping point for this wild, unforgettable evening during which alliances will be formed, secrets will come to light, and no one is guaranteed to make it to their checkout time. Canadian Connection  Canadian Connection: Filmed in British Columbia.

Director: Drew Goddard
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Producer(s): Drew Goddard, Jeremy Latcham
Screenplay: Drew Goddard
Official Site: ElRoyaleMovie.com

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  • 5 stars "A great script, plot, acting and original idea. The one star review below is so silly. This must be a 12 year old boy's review! Go see this very exciting film!!!"
  • 5 stars "This is a movie for the literate: It moves along slowly--with great plot development. The movie takes place in a past (and an even further past). Much of the fun of the movie is trying to place what action is happening when. If you are a young person (under 55) you may enjoy the action while not understanding the many references called up by the music, the videos. For me, it was great in capturing a major facet of the 1960's--including Vietnam; the acts of the Manson family, the FBI, and, of course the violence and rage. I was there; and, I remember."
  • 1 star "Stupid movie. Waste of 2 hrs. A star studded cast doing nothing worthwhile."