Hotel Noir (2012)
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as Evangeline Lundy
as Maureen Chapman
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Critic Reviews for Hotel Noir
To succeed as more than a study in artifice, a film - especially one steeped in fatalism - needs to feel real.
A first-rate cast and stunning black-and-white visuals aren't enough to make this homage to classic film noir successful.
It's hard to know whether Sebastian Gutierrez is imitating or satirizing the hard-boiled noirs of Hollywood's past, but either way it feels like a botched attempt.
The film's weakest link is Rufus Sewell's rumpled gumshoe, inarticulate and mumbling to the point of madness.
You never lose the nagging sense that you're simply watching a high-school drama club's production of '40s fatalism chic.
Audience Reviews for Hotel Noir
Putting the word "noir" in the title and making the film black and white doesn't make a film noir ... this is wannabe noir. It is a knock-off. It is a fake Louis Vuitton as when noir is done right it is a respectably classy piece of work with some luxurious camerawork, high-skilled acting and exquisite directing. Hotel Noir believes it can simply capture the mood and feel of noir by giving us a monochrome palette and a couple of questionable female characters wanting to be femme fatales (none of them really are here). There isn't enough development here and the characters are all thinly-written ... and with voice-over narration (ugh!) by an extremely minor character (Danny DeVito - Twins), the film feels forced and fake. Hotel Noir gives its audience a series of stories that are all supposed to tie together in the titular hotel ... but the writers have forgotten to give us a character to like and/or root for. A guy (Rufus Sewell - 'The Wire') being a "good" detective isn't enough reason to like someone nor are damsels being distressed (Carla Gugino - Sin City / Malin Akerman - Couples Retreat) enough reason to honestly care about them either. Hotel Noir hopes it has a bit of a story but it doesn't really. It is rather boring ... even with a decent cast that also includes Kevin Connolly, Mandy Moore, Robert Forster, Michael B. Jordan and Rosario Dawson. You don't have to check-in to this Hotel ... find some noir done right instead.
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