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Drama - Crime

The Night Clerk (2020)

Duration1h 30m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 12
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorMichael Cristofer
Writers/ScriptMichael Cristofer
StarringTye Sheridan, Ana de Armas, Helen Hunt, John Leguizamo,
RatingsIMDb: 5.6/10 by 16,247 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 36% by 45 reviewers. Review2view: 4/10.

Summary: Bart Bromley is a young man in the Asperger’s spectrum. He works as a night clerk in hotel, and using mini-cameras he has installed in the rooms, watches the guests in order to improve his ability to interact with his fellow humans. One light he is watching a woman when an unknown man enters her room, and over time becomes violent and kills her as Bart travels from home to the hotel to try to save her. He is found in the room, and therefore suspected of the crime. Although under suspicion he is given a job in another hotel and becomes friendly with Andrea a guest in it. Later he sees that the same man who carried out the murder in the previous hotel is seen with Andrea, identified by her tattoo. But she remains friendly with Bart. What is her motive?

Content: Andrea is seen topless briefly, plus some video views of bodies together. Bart sits at his desk in the hotel and watches people on his computer. He also has a whole set of screens back home where he lives is a separate but connected apartment with his mum. Andrea seems sympathetic to Bart, causing his to try to smarten himself up and update his car. His mother is understanding of his problems, and we see her leave his meals at the entrance to his flat. A policeman, Det Espada investigates but does not really believe that Bart is guilty so keeps digging.

A View: This film was not much liked despite its sprinkling of stars. It seems to have made no money at all, although it is difficult to tell since it is a Netflix outing. The main problem is the plot which just does not work and the reveal when it comes, is absolutely impossible – in my view.

Better Ana de Armas films reviewed on this site include: Knives Out, Blade Runner 2049 and her small but really fun contribution to Bond 25: No Time to Die.

Better Ana de Armas films reviewed on this site include: Knives Out, Blade Runner 2049 and her small but really fun contribution to Bond 25: No Time to Die.

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