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New Rose Hotel

1 rating: 4.0
A 1998 film directed by Abel Ferrara.

Based upon a William Gibson story.      "New Rose Hotel" is a short story by William Gibson, first published in 1981 in Omni and later included in his 1986 collection Burning Chrome. Set in the near future, the story provides … see full wiki

Director: Abel Ferrara
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: October 1, 1999
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about New Rose Hotel

Abel Ferrara goes cyberpunk in this William Gibson adaptation (spoilers)

  • Jul 30, 2009
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New Rose Hotel was another strange film from Abel Ferrara. Instead of his usual street dramas. Ferrara expands upon the elements that he utilized whilst making BLACKOUT. A dark and moody film that was adapted from a short story that was written by William Gibson. I was surprised by how intriguing and interesting the movie was. I have heard so many negative things about this production that I was a little leery in watching it. But I was impressed by the story, acting and directing.

Christopher Walken and Willem Dafoe are two losers who are always looking for rich people to swindle. One day they find the perfect pigeon who'll make them a lot of money. But they need a seductress. They find one in Asia Argento (who's smoking hot in this movie). During the bug hustle, Dafoe falls for her and the two make a side swindle. Unfortunately nothing is really as it seems. Instead of running off with Asia, Dafoe tries to play all sides but he winds up with nothing. Before he can split, his mentor Walken kills himself before the hit men can ice him. Dafoe realizes that he's be burned by a better con artist and flees. Hiding from everyone he spends the rest of his pathetic life hiding out in a derelict apartment complex The New Rose Hotel where he re-lives the last month of his life over and over until he ends it all.

Even though we never see what happens to Dafoe's character, one can assume what happens to him. He has nowhere to go but inside the coffin he's created. The movie is a serious character study about not knowing what you could have and how greed and stupidity make a dangerous combination. I found this movie to be very deep and moving as well. But it's not for everyone.

Highly recommended.

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