- 12 Oct 18
Motel-set jigsaw thriller fails to impress.
The director of Cabin In The Woods, TV's The Good Place and a writer of Lost, Cloverfield and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Drew Goddard's work has always combined thrills, twists, philosophical questions and a self-aware sense of humour. But is there room for all of that in a thriller about a dank motel?
Set in 1969, the eerie titular establishment straddles the states of California and Nevada, with a literal line running through the building to separate what sins are allowed where; drinking is only legal in California and gambling only legal in Nevada. But when it comes to the motel's guests, the lines between good and bad are less clear.
A forgetful priest (Jeff Bridges), slick vacuum salesman (Jon Hamm), quiet R&B singer (Cynthia Erivo) and rifle-toting hippie (Dakota Johnson) all claim they're just looking for some rest - but the emergence of a swaggering cult leader (Chris Hemsworth) inspires them to spill their secrets.