Bart Bromley (Tye Sheridan) is a hotel clerk that happens to be highly intelligent, young man on the autism spectrum in, The Night Clerk. Unfortunately for Bart, he becomes a suspect in the murder of a woman who dies while he’s on duty. What’s worse is that Bart’s voyeuristic tendencies only add to the case being built against him.
As the police continue to zone in on Bart, he creates a connect with Andrea (Ana de Armas) a beautiful guest who he realizes is the real murderer’s next target.
I was first introduced to Sheridan in the 2012 flick Mud, alongside Matthew McConaughey. At that point, I thought, “This kid is going places,” and through his various independent film projects, The X-Men Franchise and Ready Player One, Sheridan has proven himself a versatile young actor that will have a successful career for many years to come.
As for The Night Clerk, it reminded me of the 1993 thriller Sliver, starring Sharon Stone and William Baldwin. Except this time, we went from a rich guy in a high rise apartment, to a hotel clerk on the autism spectrum. Unlike Baldwin’s character Zeke, Bart is not the bad guy. Kind of like, The Fugitive, Bart has to clear his name and reputation while doing it with a disability.
I’m not always a big fan of thrillers because it’s difficult to make a good one these days. I kind of blame Sliver and the 1994 film Color of Night for having fallen out of love with thrillers, but I allowed myself to sit back without any biases towards The Night Clerk before I even pressed play. I must say there were a lot of lot wholes for a story that had so much potential, but I didn’t absolutely hate this flick.
Most people go into a film enthusiastically when the realize who the creative minds are behind a project, but I tend to ignore that because you’re only as good as your last project. Case-in-point, Writer/Director Michael Cristofer who was known for his work on The Witches of Eastwick, Chuck, The Bonfires of the Vanities, etc. is responsible for The Night Clerk.
There is only so much one can do with a limited budget and a short shooting schedule, but with those limitations, I want more from the story and unfortunately, The Night Clerk fell a little flat in that department.
The Night Clerk is out now on Digital and DVD.
The Night Clerk had so much potential to be an intriguing story, but falls just short of being able to pull it off.