Hotel Artemis

Musical Score By: Cliff Martinez

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


               Hotel Artemis is an action thriller set in Los Angeles, sometime in the near future.  It stars Jodie Foster as Jean Thomas, a nurse who, for the past 22 years, has been running a members-only hotel/hospital that treats criminals.  After a botched bank robbery in which one of the criminals steals a special pen, Nurse Thomas finds herself in a sticky situation – harboring and fixing up a criminal that the owner of the Artemis has reason to be incensed with.  Is this the end of Nurse Thomas’ 22-year career?

               The musical score of Hotel Artemis was created by musician and composer Cliff Martinez.  Though well-known as a drummer for The Weirdos, Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Dickies, Martinez has made quite a name for himself as a composer for television and film.  Some of his works include musical scores for sex lies and video tape, Kafka, Traffic, Solaris, Narc, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Limey, Contagion, The Neon Demon, Spring Breakers, The Company You Keep, Drive and The Knick.

               As with most of Cliff Martinez scores, the score for Hotel Artemis features a distinct electric/electronic influence, featuring ominous undertones with electronic sounds woven in, reverb, electric guitar riffs and percussion to accentuate the action scenes.  Towards the end of the soundtrack, particularly the track Getting Out Is Always Tougher, there is a brighter uplifting tempo and style.  The final track, Gilded Cage, is a song that is perhaps representative of Nurse Thomas’ fate in this film.

               The electronic sound brings the film into the future, the percussion speaks to the action, the reverb and ominous sounds remind us that this hotel/hospital is full of hardcore criminals that don’t mind getting a little blood on their hands.  As always, Cliff Martinez has created a musical score that will keep listeners on the edge of their seat wondering what is happening in the film.  Fans of the film will enjoy listening to the music and remembering how it made them feel while watching the movie. 


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