New Rose Hotel (1998)

R   |    |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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Two businessmen are hired to steal secrets from a rival, and decide to use a beautiful, but volatile call girl to do so.




  • Asia Argento in New Rose Hotel (1998)
  • Asia Argento in New Rose Hotel (1998)
  • Willem Dafoe and Asia Argento in New Rose Hotel (1998)
  • New Rose Hotel (1998)
  • Asia Argento in New Rose Hotel (1998)
  • Gretchen Mol and Yoshitaka Amano in New Rose Hotel (1998)

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23 June 2002 | ParanoidAndroidMarvin
Gibson it ain't
New Rose Hotel is based on the short story of the same name by William Gibson. While the film is supposed to be set in the tech infested world of Gibson's stories it fails to convey this feeling, with only a few pieces of technology presented visually. More importantly, however, the film is terribly written and directed. It seems obvious that Gibson's story should have been followed in a more literal manner, as the story finds the narrator (Dafoe's character) reminiscing in his coffin in the New Rose Hotel, talking to Sandii as though she can hear him. Instead, we are subjected to the story twice, the second time around in the form of flashbacks. I imagine the flashbacks are supposed to clarify the disorganized mess that Ferrara weaves in the first half of the film. Perhaps the film appeals to the art crowd, but don't let them fool you. It's a terrible movie, putting to waste the incredible talents of Walken and Dafoe. Gibson's writing is densely descriptive and gritty. Ferrara attempts for the grit, but Gibson's worlds can't be created without a budget [and a competent director would help]. For example: Kill Switch, an episode of The X-Files that Gibson wrote, was the most expensive episode ever filmed during the time the show was filmed in Vancouver. And it's one of the best episodes in the show's history. Why? Because it constructed the visual aspect necessary to tell the story. The fact that New Rose Hotel fails to do this, coupled with Ferrara's horrendous storytelling, is what makes it an unworthy effort. If you're a fan of Gibson, then watch the film, but I doubt you'll enjoy it.

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