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
As part of the film, they needed proper mug shots for Connie to show on the screen when he's watching TV with Crystal. Josh Safdie wasn't satisfied with the mug shots of characters in other movies because they all missed the bureaucratic touch and were too well done. So they enlisted a photographer to mimic the type of photography done by an NYPD officer late at night in a precinct. Then he transferred and degraded the image to make it look more realistic. See more »
During the flashback scene outside White Castle, the acid-buying complainer is shown running along a street and then entering a cab. The street has red colored crosswalks (or bicycle paths) and the cab is green and white. Neither the red path nor any green and white cabs are found in New York City, let alone the Queens, New York area where the film takes place. See more »
So I told you about my brother, yeah? Something happened. I don't know exactly what. He's been arrested, he's being held at Rikers Island.
Oh my god, that's awful.
I've just gotta get him out of there before something bad happens. He could get killed in there.
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The film's editors receive an unusually prominent credit position: between producers and writers. 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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