The Night Clerk is a 2020 American crime drama film written and directed by Michael Cristofer. It stars Tye Sheridan, Ana de Armas, John Leguizamo and Helen Hunt and follows a hotel night clerk who becomes the centre of a murder investigation. The film was released on February 21, 2020, by Saban Films. On June 6, 2020, Netflix released the movie on its platform.
Bart Bromley (Tye Sheridan) lives with his mom (Helen Hunt) and has Asperger's syndrome. He places hidden cameras in a room at the hotel where he works as a night desk clerk and uses the live feeds and recordings to overcome his social awkwardness by imitating the guests' speech and mannerisms. On his nightly shift, Bart watches Karen, who has recently checked in. After his change, he buys ice cream, goes home, and continues to watch Karen.
Bart sees Karen let an unknown man into her room. After they argue, the man begins to beat her. Bart watches as a gun falls from Karen's purse, then drives to the hotel to try to rescue her. He enters via a side door, and soon afterwards, Bart's co-worker Jack hears a gunshot. Jack enters Karen's room, where he finds Karen dead and Bart sitting on the bed. While Jack calls 911, Bart removes the hidden cameras but accidentally leaves a storage card behind.
The next day, Bart is questioned by Detective Espada (John Leguizamo) and claims he went home after buying ice cream, then returned to the hotel because he forgot his wallet. Espada realizes Bart is lying because if he did not have his wallet, he would not have been able to buy ice cream. Bart later re-watches the recording of Karen's room and sees that the man she met had a tattoo of a bird on his arm.
The next day, Bart's boss reassigns him to a new hotel. On his first shift, he meets Andrea Rivera (Ana de Armas), who recognizes that he has Asperger's, flirts with him, and checks into a room. The next day, Bart finds that he is missing a storage card, which Espada finds. Bart places cameras in Andrea's chamber and later shares a kiss near the hotel's pool.
The following day, Bart gets a haircut and buys a new suit, car, and cologne. He tries to visit Andrea at the hotel to find her having sex with the unknown man from Karen's room, whom he recognizes from the tattoo. Bart returns home and finds police have taken all his computer and camera equipment. He tells Espada his hard drives are empty because he deleted all the recordings before police arrived. After Espada leaves, Bart retrieves a hidden hard drive that contains a copy of the recording from Karen's room.
The unknown man Bart saw with Andrea is Karen's husband Nick, a detective who has been having an affair with Andrea and wants her to kill Bart so he cannot identify Nick to the police. As Bart watches the cameras in Andrea's room, he sees Nick argue with her and start to beat her. He rushes to the hotel and enters Andrea's room as Nick leaves, then shows Andrea the hidden cameras. He shows her the recording from Karen's room at his house, and Andrea sees that Nick killed Karen. Andrea begins to cry and goes to sleep in Bart's bed. He lies down with her and falls asleep.
Bart finds that Andrea is gone the following morning, as is the hard drive on which he had the copy of the recording from Karen's room. He also finds that Andrea has left the gun from Karen's purse on his bed. Andrea gives Nick the hard drive with the recording of Karen's room, and they start to drive out of town. The police arrive at Bart's house and find that Bart is not there but has left the gun and the camera storage cards along with a note for Espada. Nick and Andrea are pulled over and arrested. Bart walks through a local mall and practices the conversational speech and body language he has observed in his recordings.