New Rose Hotel (1998)

1998 | R | Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery

User Score: 60/100


Maas and Hosaka are two large Corporations in the future world. They are fighting to get control over the best minds of the world...

Abel Ferrara’s adaptation of William Gibson’s cyberpunk story (from the short-story collection Burning Chrome) is quite faithful to the source, which may explain why it bypassed cinemas almost completely to emerge on video. Gibson’s story takes place entirely in flashback as its hero shuffles through the events that brought him to the tiny shoebox of a room in the New Rose Hotel, on the run and out of ideas. Ferrara winds up in the same place, but first plays out his story for us to see… sort of. Industrial headhunters Christopher Walken, limping through the movie with a cane and a rumpled white suit like an emaciated Sydney Greenstreet, and Willem Dafoe, his jaded, tired partner, hatch a plan to lure a genetic-sciences genius from one corporation to another for a $100 million payoff. The key to their plan is seductive bar girl and part-time prostitute Asia Argento, a flirting chanteuse with whom Dafoe falls in love. Set in a grimy technological future of generic cosmopolitan cities, the characters wander fluorescent mazes of bland malls, murky bars, and faceless hotels, a Blade Runner future without the spectacle. Apart from brief, blurry video-camera surveillance, the entire operation occurs offscreen, reported through conversations and phone calls, and even Ferrara fans may find the murky, dawdling narrative and cerebral conclusion disappointing. But the tech-noir conspiracy gives way to Ferrara’s real story, the collision of the dreamers and the shadowy world they live in. —Sean Axmaker

About New Rose Hotel (1998)

Title: New Rose Hotel
Year: 1998
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Christopher Walken, Andrew Fiscella, Asia Argento, Phil Neilson, Nicole Taggart, Walter Abraham, Victor Argo, Sal Savino, Anna Marie Winds, Sam Canegallo, Joel St. Bernard, Tim Browning, Harper Simon, M. Kelly Reynolds, Ryûichi Sakamoto, George Smurra, Janine Glickman, Annabella Sciorra, Frankie Cee, Raymond De Felitta, John Lurie, John 'Cha Cha' Ciarcia, Kimmy Suzuki, Echo Danon, Miou, Kyrie Tinch, Yoshitaka Amano, Nick Guccione, Gretchen Mol
Director: Abel Ferrara
Score: 1.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 5 users. Votes: 5.
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery
MPAA Rating: R

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