Welcome to the El-Royale ?....a once thriving but now run-down hotel on the California and Nevada border, in fact, part of the hotel lies in both states, with different rules applying depending on what part you are in..
A hotel that harbours many secrets both in it's past and indeed it's present (1969)
These days there is only one employee Miles Miller (Lewis Pullman) related to the hotels' original owners, he's a seemingly mild-mannered character, but?
On this evening four complete strangers turn up at the hotel each harbouring dark secrets and reasons for being there.
An apparent Priest Father Daniel Flynn (Jeff Bridges) an aspiring soul singer Darlene Sweet (Cynthia Arivo) an apparent drop-out Emily Summerspring (Dakota Johnson) who is seemingly holding a hostage played by (Cailee Spaeny). and takes instructions and guidance from a sadistic cult-leader Billy Lee (Chris Hemsworth) who will turn up on the scene a bit later.
.The fourth person turning up is an apparent salesman Laramie Seymour Sullivan / Dwight Broadbeck (John Hamm) who is, in fact, an undercover F.B.I agent sent to the hotel to investigate strange reports of illegal equipment being used at the hotel.
The film explores each of the characters from a time leading up to and indeed in some cases from the past giving a reason for them being there at that time.
Got to say, this is a very unusual film, however, a film that strangely, as long as it is, does hold one's attention throughout.
There is music and mayhem along the way and deadly turns of events....will anyone survive their stay at the hotel?
Certainly worth a viewing.
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