Based on the William Gibson short story (one of the early "Sprawl" stories), New Rose Hotel is an interesting attempt to bring Gibson's work to the big screen from director Abel Ferrara (The Driller Killer, Bad Lieutenant, King of New York). Thankfully, the film is a much more passable adaptation than the other major attempt: the rather forgettable film of Johnny Mnemonic (another early "Sprawl" story that also appears in Gibson's collection entitled Burning Chrome) featuring Keanu Reeves. Ferrara takes a much more low-key approach to the Sprawl universe. He evokes an uncanny feeling to the setting, but it is mostly through cinematography choices instead of through special effects, elaborate sets, futuristic costumes, etc. Ferrara's film sees Gibson's universe as existing much closer to home, perhaps just around the corner with the new inventions of the next five years. New Rose Hotel is an interesting cyberpunk thriller, but don't expect the cyber-theatrics of Blade Runner, Akira, or Ghost in the Shell. It is a muted future, much like those in Gibson's second trilogy. It is a film about information and the intrigues that arise with regard to its possession and transmission. I would give New Rose Hotel an even higher rating if it did not spend the final thirty minutes of the film merely repeating the first hour of the film in snippets. Stylistically, I find the final third interesting because it interrogates the nature of memory and depicts the same scenes with different shots and from different viewpoints, but it still manages to kill the flow of the film and make it feel overly redundant. An interested but flawed attempt to adapt Gibson to film, New Rose Hotel is a mostly entertaining cyberpunk, information espionage thriller that never quite manages to crackle with the energy of Gibson's Sprawl stories and novels.