Bad Times at the El Royale

Bad Times at the El Royale

DVD - 2018
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Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption; before everything goes to hell.
Audience: OFA rating: PG.
Publisher: Beverly Hills : 20th Century Fox home Entertainment, 2018.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Bad
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (141 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English dubbed in French and Spanish with French and Spanish subtitles.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
Described video for the visually impaired.

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VaughanPLAlison Mar 18, 2019

Very interesting set up, intriguing characters and the hotel itself has it's history. Great soundtrack too. A couple of slow moments and I'm not sure everything was tied up neatly, but still a fun roller coaster.


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walls187
Dec 11, 2019

Good movie. Attention to detail and crafting characters. Great acting even the less capable actors pulled it off. Watch.

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tj_is_cool
Sep 20, 2019

Random group of bad people showed up in hotel and really bad things broke lose. Rather bloody and violent.

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avocadotree
Sep 12, 2019

Different stories and fates mingling to a final conclusion. Much violence and death. It takes it's sweat time. Amusing and entertaining with some thrills and chills.

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Diane_L_1959
Aug 25, 2019

This movie, like Tarantino's latest venture, is for those of is who lived or grew up in the 60s. A time of discovery, of freedom, of empowerment. It was also the era of learning distrust, of parents, government, religion, all of which has led to present society. See the movie from that perspective, it will make sense.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal_Neva_Lodge_%26_Casino

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oliver_31
Aug 22, 2019

A let down for sure. Too many characters, too much going on and way too long.
Good cast though.

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chakakant
Jul 24, 2019

I guess I kinda liked it. It was weird, for instance, WHY is Brit CYNTHIA ERIVO, who is portraying 'HARRIET' Tubman in an upcoming feature, playing a fake character based on DARLENE LOVE, singing REAL songs by her, and others of the time, I guess? And you say this IS a 'REAL HOTEL'? Did they REALLY have see through windows to secretly watch and tape the tenants? eww, I hope not. Nowadays, all you need is a teeny tiny camera you can hide in a thumb tack, so that is even MORE scary. Anyhow, it was pretty good if you like lots of violence.

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amanoletters99
Jul 14, 2019

Oh how great hope fades so quickly. After an interesting beginning, the story becomes a jumbled mess. The only redeeming value we're left with is the performance of Cynthia Erivo as Darlene Sweet, which was excellent, as is the locale. If you watch the special feature; The Making of Bad Times, the writer/director/producer states that he wrote the script just so he could work with certain actors. Sorry there Mr. Goddard, but showing off Chris Hemsworth nearly butt naked does not a film make. And it may be best if Dakota Johnson just do a fifty shades of fade away, and give up. Lame...

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richmole
Jul 06, 2019

...and a bad time in front of the TV screen.

Disappointed here, given the good cast--and the good performances they provide.

The concept means the audience has pretty heavy "suspension of disbelief" to shoulder. Why, for instance, do hotel rooms come equipped withthose 2-way mirrors onto that secret passage? Maybe I missed something... Why aren't their other guests booked in? This is no "hole in the wall" low-rent rendezvous! Never explained...

The premise is good--the back-and-forth in time is often handled well-- but there's so much going on, one potentially important character has little screen time. And what goes on, goes on about 20 min. too long. The writer/director is in LOVE with his material--and that's bad, because it all becomes sacred. You get during the very first scene, a time-lapse take against the ENTIRE Four Preps oldie, 26 Miles--all 2 min. and 31 seconds of it. All we need is maybe 90 seconds.

The writer/director is in LOVE with the music, too. 3-4 minute recording studio action is lovingly recreated ("He's A Rebel") is lovingly recreated, but we only need 2 minutes. You could argue we don't need it at all.

"Kill your darlings," William Faulkner told writers, so good authors toss out stuff they "love." What we need here is a homicidal editor to do the same.
Nice try. No cigar.

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Shellie1_us
Jul 06, 2019

The highlight of this film for me was Chris Helmsworth's taking off his clothes and strolling into the ocean,his backside tastefully shaded in sunlight. Like Mel Gibson's bare backside in Lethal Weapon, it was a surprise. The movie starts slow and gets better, as the different characters engage each other. I enjoyed the ending a lot. I agree it has a noir flavor to the story.

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SyrusM
Jul 04, 2019

Nice try to recreate a cult / noir film, but somehow to me it was more copying rather than getting inspiration from older classics.
Though watch without prejudice, you may like it

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anonymouswe
May 20, 2019

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Jan 23, 2019

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