After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Connie Nikas embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city's underworld in an increasingly desperate-and dangerous-attempt to get his brother Nick out of jail.
Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.
Motivated by an almost ferocious love for his intellectually disabled brother, Nick, and an explosive mix of desperation and thirst for a better life, the abrasive and fledgeling criminal, Connie, involves his sibling in an ill-conceived bank robbery that swears to be a quick and easy job. Instead, things go utterly wrong, and Nick will wind up in Rikers Island after one unanticipated complication, forcing the desperate but determined Connie to embark on a nightmarish, no-holds-barred quest to bail Nick out. Inevitably, over the course of a long and violent night, Connie will go to great lengths to save Nick from a cruel fate, doomed, however, to do more harm than good. Is it all heading somewhere?Written by
The Safdie Brothers (directors) found out about being in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, when Robert Pattinson first found out about it after speaking with the director of the festival and texted them a photograph of an electronic japanese toilet afterwards, because they couldn't answer the phone due to a meeting. The Safdies and Pattinson made a bet, that if the film makes it into the competition at Cannes, Pattinson would buy them the toilet. It was installed in the office at the Safdie brother's production company Elara Pictures a few weeks later. See more »
In the end credits the directors thank the fast food chain Pizza Hut for using it as a location, but Connie and his brother Nick actually went to a Domino's shop. See more »
I think something very important is happening and it's deeply connected to my purpose.
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The film's editors receive an unusually prominent credit position: between producers and writers. See more »
Written by Sam Ray Mosley and Robert Augusta Johnson
Performed by Mosley & Johnson
Courtesy of Malaco Records O/B/O Muscle Shoals Records
Published by Peermusic III, LTD. on behalf of itself, Malaco Music Co., and Back Scat Publishing Co. See more »
This is a pretty good movie. It starts off very fresh and thrilling, as two brothers rob a bank. We envision this movie being a fantastic heist or crime thriller. It sort of does that, but goes in a couple of weird, but pleasing, directions. By that I mean the movie never stops on the thrills, but takes us in directions we would never envision it to go. It is not a step by step movie, which is great about it. What can be perceived as boring, space fillers, turns out to be effective and concludes in a very pleasing space. On a different note, Pattinson does not shine in this film as was expected.
Not Oscar worthy, but definitely a great ride of 2017.
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