The first trailer for Hotel Artemis doesn’t answer the question: is it a John Wick homage, or a rip-off?

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It is hard to remember how little anticipation there was when the 2014 John Wick opened. It seemed like a new and grim revenge movie in Mad Max "You killed my family, get ready to die", except this time with Keanu Reeves avenging his dead puppy. Then the movie came out and rightly became a slow success based on his elegant fights, memorable cinematography and, above all, his captivating look at a classy criminal underworld, revealed through a completely civilized hotel, heavily regulated and serving The murderers contract. That same idea is in the center of Hotel Artemis, a dystopic future action film that will premiere in the United States on June 8. The first trailer looks a bit like a version of John Wick, with a completely different cast of celebrities, led by Jodie Foster as the woman who runs the hotel.

Not that John Wick has any kind of monopoly on the idea of ​​a hotel only for criminals. It's just that Hotel Artemis feels suspiciously similar in a lot of detail, from the hotel's long list of rules and the worldwide ban on fighting to the grim and untidy feeling of history and stylized fighting sequences. And the action presented here, when an orderly system breaks down and the criminals confront each other, also seems remarkably familiar. If the new director Drew Pearce (creator and producer of the 2008 British series of superheroes No Heroics and collaborator of the writing in films like Iron Man 3 and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) wanted this film to stand out from John Wick, why ? specifically the style of the place as a hotel, when the trailer makes it clear that it is a hideaway, a hospital and possibly several other things that start with H? The kindest response is that the film is a conscious tribute. (Not at all unlikely, since many fans wanted to see more of the underground world of John Wick, and John Wick: Chapter 2 only partially paid that appetite). The least kind response is that it is a flagrant imitation.
Still, it is worth remembering that before John Wick appeared, it was widely seen as another scam of Liam Neeson's successful revenge movie, Taken, and yet he set very different parameters and became a success in himself. . It remains to be seen if Hotel Artemis can do the same. A vote in favor: the specific cast, which also includes Sterling K. Brown (This is Us), Sofia Boutella (Star Trek: Beyond), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Charlie Day (Pacific Rim: Uprising), Jenny Slate (Obvious Child), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), and especially Jeff Goldblum as someone called "The Wolf King". If the movie gives you as much room to get it as a bad guy from the near future as this trailer does, John Wick: Chapter 3 may have some competition on the screen.

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