Released on Netflix, The Night Clerk is a crime thriller directed by Michael Cristofer from Saban Films. The movie explores the life of a young boy who suffers from mental health issues who is a suspect in a serious crime.
Bart Bromley (Tye Sheridan) is a young man who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and lives with his mom Ethel (Helen Hunt). He works as a night clerk at a hotel where he secretly rigged digital cameras in one of the rooms. He does it to study the guests and mimic “regular” conversations since he is accused of being socially awkward. One night a woman named Karen Perretti (Jacque Gray) rents a room and Bart witnesses her being attacked. He rushes to the hotel, but she has been killed. Homicide detective Espada (John Leguizamo) and the victim’s husband Nick (Johnathon Schaech) suspect Bart, who gets transferred to another hotel. There he meets a mysterious stranger named Andrea Rivera (Ana de Armas) who seems to understand him. However, things get tricky when Detective Espada discovers one of his cameras.
I really enjoyed the performances of the cast. Every person hit the right note and portrayed their characters very well. Tye Sheridan did a decent job of portraying someone on the spectrum. I know folks who suffer from various mental illnesses and while I feel the portrayal was not totally accurate, it was definitely close. As usual, Helen Hunt portrays the mother with great skill. She is a fantastic actress and I was glad to see her in such a dynamic role. John Leguizamo and Ana de Armas were excellent additions to the cast.
For a thriller, it genuinely had some chills from the circumstances surrounding the plot. As you question what happened in the hotel room and how Bart is connected to it, it genuinely feels suspicious and scary at times.
Now, the tone of the movie was conflicting. At times, it seems like the characters were feeling like Bart was creepy, as often happens with people suffering from mental illness but it seemed to be confused on what the film wanted the audience to feel. Bart is portrayed as a victim of his circumstances, with voyeuristic tendencies, but then later, an explanation is given that undercut the earlier premise. The climax in particular was very confusing on how it wrapped the story before it just kind of ends.
Bottom line, The Night Clerk offers some genuine chills and has creepy vibes to it. Though tonally confusing, the movie has some genuine thrills to send shivers down your spine.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong foul language, Violence, Sexual content
FAVORITE QUOTE: I’ll go with you.
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