The Million Dollar Hotel
(R, 2:01:54, Released 2000)
|Genres:||Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense|
|Release Date:||Feb 25, 2000|
|DVD Release Date:||Jun 12, 2001|
|Starring:||Jeremy Davies, Milla Jovovich, Mel Gibson, Jimmy Smits, Peter Stormare, Amanda Plummer, Gloria Stuart, Tom Bower, Donal Logue, Bud Cort|
|Directed by:||Wim Wenders|
|Synopsis:||Set in 2001, a group of misfits live in a flea-bitten, skid-row hotel known as 'The Million Dollar Hotel'. Its residents become the center of attention when a junky named Izzy is found murdered. As it turns out, he is the son of a wealthy and powerful media magnate. The residents of the hotel soon become the prime suspects. A badgering detective is then on the case to try and solve the murder. Or was it a suicide?|
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January 20, 2011
Not many people I have spoken to have seen this film but as a Jeremy Davies fan (whom I discovered a love for first in his portrayal of Charles Manson in Helter Skelter and then by accident as Topper in the darkly deviant black comedy Ravenous) I would have to say that it is one of the most haunting and heartbreaking movies I have ever seen. Although Mel Gibson's presence seems a little odd, as you keep expecting him to pull out a gun and start shooting (as he does on one occasion) I felt his portrayal as a physically deformed polic officer investigating the suicide of a man in the hotel believable. With a perfect narrative from Davies and a strong, all be it odd, cast of characters behind him, this movie is one of my favorites and is one I am happy not many people have seen.
May 16, 2010
The film version of a literary style known as Magical Realism
It's a screwball tragedy, a term made up by someone else to describe this film. There are no others of this type. It's a love story without "They lived happily ever after"; it's a mystery (the essence of real) in a subtly surreal world. Not only is the story unique, but so are most of the characters, which seems to be a problem for some viewers. I don't want to paint this movie as too weird, but its differences are some of the best things about it.
Cinematography is classic, sharp, lots of deep focus. Exteriors, interiors, non-traditional lighting, a dawn scene shot before the magic hour, it all looks great. I can't recall a scene with foreground in focus while background is out, or vice versa.
U2 contributed a tune or two to the soundtrack, as they have for all Wim Wenders films since the 80s. The rest of the soundtrack is jazzy. It supports the film beautifully, and is available on CD.
If you've liked any of Wim Wenders films, I think you'll love this one.
May 16, 2008
Very off beat. It was fun, and even though I hate Jeremy Davies, the rest of the cast checked out.
March 19, 2008
I can't think of very much to say about this film. The cast list reads like a who's-who of irritating actors: Amanda Plummer, Julian Sands, Bud Cort, etc. Mel Gibson looks very uncomfortable as a G-man investigating a suspicious death, and not just because he's wearing a neck brace and is supposed to have had spinal surgery. Jeremy Davies plays twitchy and annoying very well, but who wants to watch that? Wim Wenders creates some magical visuals but the central murder-mystery, which ought to drive the film, is completely underwhelming.
March 25, 2007
Milla Jovovich and Mel Gibson in some weird back brace thingy. A quality independent film.
June 23, 2013
I don't normally enjoy movies like The Million Dollar Hotel but with a phenomenal performance by Jeremy Davies I was forced to enjoy it. Davies really makes a movie that shouldn't have been any good more than watchable. The plot is unrealistic and Mel Gibson was wasted but Davies gives a superb performance and really gives The Million Dollar Hotel a reason to be watched.
October 9, 2008
I love this movie, but mainly because of it's unbelievably good beginning and end. The middle was a bit slow for me, but it's still worth seeing.
June 9, 2008
I can not even give this movie a star it was so bad, could not even finish it. Had to be the worst Mel Gibson movie ever!
July 22, 2007
Quite possibly the WORST movie I have ever seen!!! Even Mel Gibson, Peter Stormare & Jeremy Davies could not save this one!
June 7, 2007
One of my favorite movie beginnings ever! (others are "Spirited Away and "Once Upon a Time in the West
April 9, 2007
Couldn't even manage to watch the whole movie and frankly doubt I will ever try again, not even for the beautiful Milla Jovovich.
November 2, 2006
My family touts this as one of the worst movies of all times... but where else will you find Mel Gibson with an arm growing out of his back?
September 17, 2006
Quite underrated. The character work alone in this film earns the 5 stars. The directing, acting, and even the music all work together seamlessly.
I do admit the film can be pretentious and slow, but it's worth it in the end.
August 22, 2006
A pretty unknown film with big named stars. Great casting, nice dialog, well played suspence. An all around good movie.