Circa 1968, several strangers, most with a secret to bury, meet by chance at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one night, everyone will show their true colors - before everything goes to hell.
Stephanie is a single mother with a parenting vlog who befriends Emily, a secretive upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school. When Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate.
In the late 1960s, a priest suffering from early onset dementia, a struggling African American female singer, a talkative salesman and an unfriendly young woman who may or may not be a hippie, arrive accidentally on the same day at Lake Tahoe's "El Royale", a rundown hotel with a single staff member and many dark secrets which lies on the very border between California and Nevada. Throughout the day, it becomes increasingly clear that almost no one is exactly who they seem, and when the rain hits in the evening, it brings with it someone much worse than those in the hotel.
More of a substance film than a style film. And it's nice to see a real ending to a thriller for a change, instead of the lucky escape formula that ultimately means nothing other than they got away (yawn).
Without giving anything away, it's definitely a must see movie in 2018.
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