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Bad Times at the El Royale Dvd

In 1969, seven shady strangers meet in a deserted hotel with a dark past. As time goes by, their secrets come out and they soon find themselves in a fix.

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Bad Times at the El Royale is a 2018 American neo-noir thriller film written, produced and directed by Drew Goddard. The film stars Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman and Chris Hemsworth. Set in 1969, the plot follows seven strangers each hiding dark secrets, who come together one night in a shady hotel on the California-Nevada border.

Bad Times at the El Royale premiered at Fantastic Fest on September 27, 2018, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 12, 2018. Although a box office average, grossing $31 million worldwide against its $32 million budget, it received mixed to positive reviews from critics, with praise for its acting and Goddard’s direction, but criticism for the runtime and pacing.

Bad Times at the El Royale is a 2018 American neo-noir thriller film written, produced and directed by Drew Goddard. The film stars Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman and Chris Hemsworth. Set in 1969, the plot follows seven strangers each hiding dark secrets, who come together one night in a shady hotel on the California-Nevada border.

Bad Times at the El Royale premiered at Fantastic Fest on September 27, 2018, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 12, 2018. Although a box office average, grossing $31 million worldwide against its $32 million budget, it received mixed to positive reviews from critics, with praise for its acting and Goddard’s direction, but criticism for the runtime and pacing.

Plot

In 1959 a man hides a bag of money under the floorboards of a hotel room, but afterward, another man arrives and kills him.

Ten years later, Catholic priest Daniel Flynn, singer Darlene Sweet, salesman Laramie Seymour Sullivan, and hippie Emily Summerspring arrive at the El Royale hotel that straddles the California-Nevada border, popular with the wealthy until losing its gambling license. They meet the hotel’s only remaining employee, Miles Miller. Upon checking into the honeymoon suite, Sullivan begins removing wiretaps but unexpectedly finds a second set as well. He then discovers a secret corridor from which guest’s rooms can be observed via two-way mirrors and filmed with a movie camera. From the corridor, Sullivan sees Emily committing an apparent kidnapping. He calls into the FBI, where he identifies as Special Agent Dwight Broadbeck. J. Edgar Hoover instructs him to ignore the kidnapping, and prevent the guests from leaving until the FBI materials are secured, so Dwight disables all the cars.

Flynn invites Sweet to join him for dinner. She sees him spiking her drink and knocks him unconscious with a bottle. Miller finds and revives Flynn, then shows him the secret passageway, explaining that “management” regularly had him film guests’ intimate encounters, and send the footage to them. Miller admits having withheld one incriminating film of a deceased public figure who had been kind to him. When Flynn leaves to evaluate the film, Miller witnesses through the two-way mirror Agent Broadbeck attempting to rescue Emily’s hostage, who is revealed to be Emily’s younger sister, Rose. Emily kills Broadbeck with a shotgun, which also shoots out the mirror and brutalizes half of Miller’s face.

Emily had forcibly removed her sister from a murderous cult in California led by Billy Lee, in order to keep her until she is “clear.” Billy is a lecherous, sadistic, and charismatic leader, and during the failed rescue Rose is able to call Billy to tell him where she is.

Sweet, who has witnessed Broadbeck’s murder from the parking lot, attempts to escape, but her car won’t start. Flynn arrives and reveals to her that he is Dock O’Kelly, imprisoned since the robbery in 1959. Recently paroled, he came here in disguise to retrieve the money hidden by his brother. Due to O’Kelly’s failing memory, he picked the wrong room, and the money was not there. Believing it to be in Sweet’s room, he had attempted to drug her simply to gain access. Withholding knowledge that he is in possession of the film, O’Kelly offers to split the cash with Sweet. O’Kelly pulls up the floor of Sweet’s room, as she sings and claps to cover the noise, as Emily watches them through the mirror.

As O’Kelly and Sweet attempt to leave with the money, Lee and his cult arrive and take them, Emily, and Miller hostage. Lee finds the money and the film, which he realizes is worth more than the money. Beginning to terrorize the group, Lee kills Emily by playing a life-or-death game of roulette between her and Miller. Before Lee completes another roulette round between O’Kelly and Sweet, O’Kelly attacks Lee and a melee ensues. When Sweet implores Miller to pick up a gun and help, he reveals that he served in Vietnam as a sniper and killed 123 people. A defiant Miller kills Lee and his followers to save O’Kelly. A distraught Rose stabs Miller and is shot by O’Kelly. Before Miller dies, Sweet tells “Father Flynn” to absolve Miller of the guilt over his actions in Vietnam. O’Kelly complies. O’Kelly and Sweet retrieve the money, Sweet tosses the film into the fire, and the pair leave.

Sometime later in Reno, O’Kelly attends Sweet’s jazz performance at a nightclub. The two smile warmly at each other before she begins to sing.

Cast

Jeff Bridges as Father Daniel Flynn/Dock O’Kelly
Cynthia Erivo as Darlene Sweet
Dakota Johnson as Emily Summerspring
Jon Hamm as Laramie Seymour Sullivan/Dwight Broadbeck
Cailee Spaeny as Rose Summerspring
Lewis Pullman as Miles Miller
Chris Hemsworth as Billy Lee
Nick Offerman as Felix O’Kelly
Xavier Dolan as Buddy Sunday, a lecherous music producer
Shea Whigham as Dr. Woodbury Laurence, Dock’s prison doctor
Mark O’Brien as Larsen Rogers, the O’Kellys’ accomplice
Charles Halford as Sammy Wilds, Dock’s prison cellmate
Jim O’Heir as Milton Wyrick, the MC in Reno

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