“I think this person is dead.”
Bart, who is not Simpson, so what he says is not a joke, is sitting on a bed. At his feet lies the warm corpse of a woman. The one who hears his words (I think this person is dead) is a co-worker who has just entered the hotel room where he and Bart are receptionists.
So it starts The night clerk, premiere of Netflix this week, with Tye Sheridan, the protagonist of Ready Player One, from Steven Spielberg, Cyclops in the movies X-Men youths).
Tye Sheridan justly plays a character with autism. PHOTO: NETFLIX
Bart is the night receptionist of that hotel, a job that comes in handy to be able to interact with people, since have Asperger Syndrome. Within the autism spectrum, his intelligence has not been affected, but like any person with autism it is difficult for him to recognize emotions or feelings in the reactions of others.
Well, Bart is a suspect in Karen’s murder. He and the spectator know that he did not kill her, because he was a witness, from a distance, of the death of the woman, who had an argument with a man, whom he allowed to enter his room from the door that leads to the pool.
Cuban Ana de Armas (“Blade Runner 2049”) romantic interest in the film. PHOTO: NETFLIX
How did you see the murder? Is that Bart place cameras in some hotel rooms, and record. He does it to practice, to improve his customer service. Look and observe people, and practice the dialogues you would have with them.
OK, it is an unorthodox method, debatable and even if you want incredible.
But it is not the only thing.
John Leguizamo is the detective investigating the murder. PHOTO: NETFLIX
Anyway, this is not Sliver, Invasion of privacy (1993), Sharon Stone’s in which cameras followed the owners of a luxurious building.
Here things happen the other way.
“Okay, okay, okay,” he repeats to convince himself and control himself when the situation overcomes him. And the plot of The night clerk will put it in several, such as meeting Andrea Rivera (the Cuban Anna of Arms, from Blade Runner 2049, Between knives and secrets, and who we will see in the next James Bond, No time to die).
Bart “spies” on those who stay at the hotel where he is a receptionist. But it has a reason. PHOTO: NETFLIX
If asked “How are you?”, Start with “It is a complicated question and it would take a long time to answer.” It’s that people with autism understand things literally. And they are incapable of cheating or lying.
It is not the case.
Because Bart is lying.
Helen Hunt, the winner of the Oscar for “Best … Impossible”, is the mother of the protagonist. PHOTO: NETFLIX
When Espada, the police detective who plays the Colombian John Leguizamo (red Mill, and who voiced Sid in the saga The ice Age) interrogates him, instead of telling him that he has everything registered, including how to find out the identity of the murderer, no, he is silent.
In this, Bart is different from other people with autism that we have seen in the movies. All, usually savant or with Asperger, from the Raymond who composed Dustin Hoffman in the Oscar winner Rain Man onwards.
The arms hanging to the side of the body, Bart drives his own car. Movies that feature characters with autism are generally thrillers, What Someone knows too much, with Bruce Willis and the child he could crack a secret code and put his life in danger, or Counter, con Ben Affleck.
The plot has a twist towards the end … that attentive viewers will have deduced. PHOTO: NETFLIX
Sexual tension What you want to create between Bart and Andrea obviously does not work, this apart from the fact that some scenes all seem forced (that she has a brother with autism, the situation in the pool).
And the “turn” of the screw at the end will not tell me that they did not realize …
Another well-known face is that of Helen Hunt, who won an Oscar for Better … impossible happened to be the mother of.
Synthesizing, The night clerk There are an hour and a half of entertainment in store, but the enunciation of phrases and sentences and some moments of the script -lazily- threaten a cast that has good performances, Tye Sheridan’s in the first place.
“The night employee”
Thriller. USA, 2020. 90 ‘SAM 13. From: Michael Cristofer. With: Tye Sheridan, Ana de Armas, Helen Hunt, John Leguizamo. Available on: Netflix.
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On Netflix, how is “The night clerk”, with a witness in danger