“The Night Clerk”
Rotten Tomatoes: 34%
Movie Matter: 2/10 stars
“The Night Clerk” follows the story of Bart Bromley (Tye Sheridan), a 23-year-old front desk clerk at the Mercer Hotel.
Bart has Asperger’s syndrome, a higher-functioning form of autism that makes him awkward in social situations.
To avoid social interaction, Bart works the graveyard shift (8 PM – 4 AM), which gives him the chance to explore his voyeuristic fantasies by setting up hidden spy cameras in some of the hotel rooms. Bart’s goal is to observe how people converse with each other, so that he can be less awkward in social situations.
One night, a woman is attacked during Bart’s shift, and he quickly becomes a suspect in the investigation. In the midst of the investigation, Bart is transferred to another hotel, where he meets an intriguing hotel guest, Andrea Rivera (Ana de Armas), and that’s where the plot thickens.
Overall, “The Night Clerk” was pretty bad, and I suggest skipping this one. I don’t mean to be too harsh on Tye Sheridan because I’ve only seen him in a few movies, but I think he stinks. He’s basically a poor man’s version of Lip Gallagher (Shameless).
On a lighter note, I thought John Leguizamo was solid in his role as Detective Espada. Also, Ana de Armas, who is best-known for her roles in “Knives Out” (2019) and “War Dogs” (2016) was excellent in her depiction of Andrea Rivera, and is 100% my new celebrity crush.
If you enjoy a bad movie here and there (like myself) give this movie a shot, but otherwise, I would not recommend it. All things considered, I am giving “The Night Clerk” 2 out of 10 stars.