Overall Rank: 3635
Average Rating: 2.8/4
# of Ratings: 16
Theatrical Release Date: 10/12/2018
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 01/01/2019
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Drew Goddard
Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Jeff Bridges, Nick Offerman, Lewis Pullman
Plot: A seedy hotel with a dark past located in Lake Tahoe, the El Royale has seen its fair share of mayhem and depravity. But on this night, seven souls, each with a secret to bury, find themselves coming together for one last shot at redemption - until it all goes to hell. -- Chris Kavan
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Indyfreak - wrote on 02/28/2019
Stylish neo noir with plenty of twists and turns. Could have been shorter though.
Mike A - wrote on 12/28/2018
For about an hour, Drew Goddard's Bad Times at the El Royale is a crazy-good neo-noir thriller to sink your teeth into -- an engaging mystery box with a fascinating setting, colorful visuals and interesting characters who hold dark and dangerous secrets. Then the film kind of derails, but that's not to say it's completely without its joys. Chris Hemsworth's nut-job character provides much-needed humor in the latter half of the film (speaking of which, the film is very dark and bleak, and much less humorous than I was expecting -- an injection of humor could have arguably given the film a little bit more life). It's a fairly good movie ultimately but the first hour wrote a check that the rest of it couldn't quite cash.
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ikkegoemikke - wrote on 02/11/2019
The El Royale is a bi-state establishment.
You have the option to stay in either the great state of California…
or the great state of Nevada.
Warmth and sunshine to the west…
or hope and opportunity to the east.
Which would you prefer?
Let me get straight to the point. Yes, this film by Drew Goddard refers to several masterpieces from the past. And yes, it has the atmosphere, story structure and the look of a Quentin Tarantino film. You will probably read this on every movie site. Is this necessarily a bad thing? Does this mean Goddard doesn’t have his own style? Is it necessary to compare a brilliant film such as “Bad times at El Royale” with Quentin Tarantino’s oeuvre? Personally, I don’t think so. When I get sucked into the story while watching this film, just like “The …
cacb3995 - wrote on 10/18/2018
Drew Goddard’s sophomore effort proves that he is most definitely a talent to watch. Following his debut, 2012’s “The Cabin in the Woods”, which was a great meta-commentary on the horror genre and the movie-goer that perpetuates its infinite chain of senseless tropes, and a string of writing credits that include 2015’s “The Martian”, he’s back this year with a neo-noir thriller that’s packed with style and boasts an incredible acting ensemble. The film does have its flaws, but they don’t prevent it from being one of the year’s very best.
The story is simple enough, on paper: seven strangers, each with their own secrets and troubled pasts, are stranded in a hotel located exactly on the border between California and Nevada as a huge storm looms over them. The cast of characters include: …
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