Hospitality: Familiar Plot, Intriguing Premise, Lacks Innovation

Hospitality Film Review DecayMag.com, Nick Chakwin, David Guglielmo, Hospitality

Director(s): Nick Chakwin, David Guglielmo

Writer(s): Nick Chakwin, David Guglielmo

Release Date: December 7, 2018

Release Format: Streaming

Genre: Thriller

Running Time: 1 hr 20 min

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Synopsis

A woman with a checkered past must protect her son when a man brings trouble to her isolated bed and breakfast.

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The Cast

Emmanuelle Chriqui……Donna

Jim Beaver……The Boss

JR Bourne……Hirsch

Sam Trammell……Cam

Conner McVicker……Jimmy

Overview

Hospitality is a Thriller that follows Donna and her son, Jimmy, who has a troubled past. They run a Bed & Breakfast to make ends meet. However, not without the dominant supervision of Hirsch, the Sherrif of the town, who has started a mysterious affair with Donna. This production provides exhilarating characters with provocative relationships that more elaborate backstories can explainDecayMag.com, Nick Chakwin, David Guglielmo, Hospitality

Impressions

Hospitality has a plot that’s seen countless times before. It’s the movie that would be a Lifetime original feature. The not-so-innocent man or woman, who has a curious past they are running from and end up intertwined with the wrong people. This is a premise that’s refurbished over many times. The only thing changed is the cast.

Yet, this premise is presently exhilarating. People with troubled pasts will be a subject of intrigue because the story is in the people and the past. Here is where the film has the opportunity and potential to conjure a path that steers from other like-minded productions. Nick Chakwin and David Guglielmo do not take advantage of this opportunity.DecayMag.com, Nick Chakwin, David Guglielmo, Hospitality

Innovation in cinema entertainment is low. Even more-so in Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller cinema. Hospitality deems itself a Thriller, yet it lacks a lot of thrills. The story build lingers on boredom with one intense event that is the highlight of the entire production.

The cast is a saving grace with some well-known faces in the genre, yet; the performances are semi-decent for the roles. Character portrayal in cinema is important. An actor must take full ownership of their roles and offer a portrayal that is sufficient to intimidate the audience. This creates that audience-character connection.DecayMag.com, Nick Chakwin, David Guglielmo, Hospitality

This is a prime example of an actor being “made” for a certain role. We see Emanuelle Chriqui, who is no stranger to cinema, who did great in her role in Rob Schmidt‘s Wrong Turn. She takes on a different, more in-depth identity in Hospitality, but the character portrayal hits neutral on the grand spectrum. Top these portrayals to a semi-existent under-story, and you have this production with half the stamina.

The subtle background score adds a heightened intimate vibe that fits the tone of the production well. Background scores, if used, are a vital component to the puzzle, and can also make or break a production when you focus on its significant purpose. This goes overlooked many times.DecayMag.com, Nick Chakwin, David Guglielmo, Hospitality

Conclusion

Hospitality has a familiar plot, but a rich premise that can develop more. The characters’ backstories can shed more light through elaboration on the story build. Background score adds to the overall tone of the production.DecayMag.com, Nick Chakwin, David Guglielmo, Hospitality

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