Bad Times at the El Royale

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

Current rating: Rating: 4.00
based on 40 votes and 17 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 "If you check out this movie, you may not check out of the El Royale! A great mystery thriller and the acting is very good and you will be entertained!"
  • 3 stars "Wasn’t quite sure what to make of this movie, I would say it’s in the style of a Quentin Tarantino movie. It was kind of odd, but well done, and it kept you wondering what was going to happen. It’s just confusing as to how the whole story came about in the first place."
  • 5 stars "I loved the style, the acting and the suspenseful story that was filled with surprises."