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.
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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
Benny Safdie and Robert Pattinson prepared for their roles by working in-character at a car wash in Queens. According to Benny Safdie, "there was a camera test and also a little character history building. You know, for both Rob and I, it was almost like a tamer version of the beginning of the movie. Like, I'm going to take you (Nick) to a car wash, and you're going to work in here and drive the cars. And I'm (Connie) going to give you this experience to show you that you can be like a real part of society, you don't need to be in any social program where they say you should be. So we went and we worked there, and the cars would come out and I would try to dry them, and of course, I would get distracted by something, or a car would run over my foot, and he would get really frustrated, as Connie he can get frustrated and be like, 'Oh my God, why can't you just do something so simple?' And I remember there was like a wax thing that I got really obsessed with because it was this giant tub and you'd press that and the wax would kind of just squirt out all over on the floor and on the cars, and I just kept doing it and he got really annoyed and angry at me and wanted me to stop doing it. But I wouldn't listen to him and he just grabbed me and put me in like this kind of headlock and just screamed at me 'Stop it! Stop it!' But then I seized up and he sensed that. And I was just going to respond as Nick would respond. I'm going to throw Connie into the wall and it's going to get really dangerous and that's the way I wanted to start a relationship with Rob, but he felt that I was going to do that, and he backed off and said, 'I can't do that with Nick, I can't make that step.' And it ends up being in the film, when he grabs Nick and he kinda hugs him and gives him a kiss. That's a risk that Connie's taking and he's really saying 'I'm going to go out on a limb and I'm going to show you that I love you in this sense.'" See more »
When Connie goes to the hospital to see his brother and is walking down the hall on the 6th floor, individuals are seen in the reflection of the glass. See more »
A thrilling, neon-drenched subterranean madcap odyssey anchored by a superbly nervy Robert Pattinson
The new feature from the Safdie Brothers, Good Time, is utterly incontrovertible proof of Robert Pattinson's talent. A skilled young actor who broke out young, Pattinson, like his equally skilled former co-star Kristen Stewart, has been plagued by his "Twilight" image, and accordingly (and unjustly) derided because of his involvement. The truth is that both Pattinson and Stewart are audacious and feverishly talented young actors, and Good Time will convince all who see it that Robert Pattinson is a fearless and versatile actor.
As an ashen-faced, stubble-laden, nervy-eyed criminal thrust into a constantly escalating trip into the recesses of city nightlife, where stakes are always high, Pattinson relishes in the opportunity to inhabit this character and fully realise all his traits. His pretty-boy-image disappears into an expertly assembled composite of agitated mannerisms and a thick Bronx-like brogue.
The film excels in its visuals. The Safdies adore neon light, which leads to many memorable neon-drenched sequences, such as an extended sequence in a haunted-house theme park that reels in the tension. Much of the film takes place at night, allowing for some atmospheric, neo-noir vibes to come to the fore. What also must be credited is the unrelenting pace of the film, living up to its cheeky title through constantly escalating stakes, a thunderously exciting electronic score and a plot that keeps throwing delightfully absurd and insane twists to keep you constantly engaged. Good Time been likened a lot to Dog Day Afternoon, Sidney Lumet's taut and incredible bank-heist-gone-wrong film, and it's a comparison that is apt, if a bit flattering; the Safdies come close to matching that film's inspired lunacy and delirious tension, through a decidedly more modern aesthetic.
The Safdies directorial style is unique, and I'll be honest it at times got on my nerves. I noticed early on that almost every shot is a close up, often hand-held, which can feel claustrophobic, but also just irritating. That being said, I grew used to the style, and eventually understood its purpose, in buttressing the manic instability of its protagonist, and his morally questionable odyssey. Even so, the style was not always seamless with the narrative. Make sure you don't sit too close to the screen when you watch this film.
Good Time is an exciting, pulsating, modernised noir/New Hollywood thriller that deserves a lot of praise for its terrific suspense and Pattinson's bravura turn.
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