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Bad Times at the El Royale

2018 / 141m - USA
Thriller, Mystery
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A film made to entertain. Bad Times at the El Royale embraces many genres and isn't afraid to break some rules to mess with its audience. Not everything works equally well, there are a few too many story reboots, but it's a film that kept me on my toes until the very end, which is quite rare these days.

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The El Royale is a rundown hotel that houses a few secrets and attracts peculiar clientele. One particular night seven unrelated people arrive to stay the night. They all have scars from their past and all of them have something to hide, yet they're not at all prepared to face what the hotel has in store for them.

The styling is polished, the performances are good, and the plot is full of twists and turns. Maybe a few too many as the chapter-like structure gets a little tiring, especially when new characters keep joining halfway through the film. A slightly tighter edited plot might've given this one an extra push, but I'm not complaining too much, this was plenty of fun.

The Cabin in the Woods

2011 / 95m - USA
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