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Good Time (2017)

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After a heist goes awry, a bank robber spends a night trying to free his mentally handicapped brother from being sent to Riker's Island prison.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Connie Nikas
... Nick Nikas
... Ray
... Crystal (as Taliah Lennice Webster)
... Corey Ellman
... Dash the Park Security Guard
... Caliph
Peter Verby ... Peter the Psychiatrist
Saida Mansoor ... Agapia Nikas
Gladys Mathon ... Annie
Rose Gregorio ... Loren Ellman
... Eric the Bail Bondsman
Astrid Corrales ... Bail Bondsman's Assistant
Rachel Black ... Rachel the Public Defender
Hirakish Ranasaki ... Trevor
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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 Nick Riganas

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language throughout, violence, drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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25 August 2017 (USA)  »

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Good Time: Viviendo al límite  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$125,101, 13 August 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,009,484, 12 October 2017
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As preparation for the brother relationship, Pattinson and Benny Safdie started writing letters in form of emails to each other in character. Pattinson would write as Connie, four months before he got out of jail, trying to get back in contact with Nick and trying to turn Nick against their grandmother. According to Benny Safdie, "It was just this back and forth relationship over a couple months where he would send me emails and Josh would say 'don't answer and let's see how Rob responds.' And he wouldn't respond and he send like three or four more emails trying to really get an answer. And all that just helped build our relationship and it helped build the performance with us, too." See more »

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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 »

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Connie Nikas: 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.
Corey: Oh my god, that's awful.
Connie Nikas: 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 »

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Features Empire (2015) See more »

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Ray Wakes Up
Written and performed by Daniel Lopatin (as Oneohtrix Point Never)
Courtesy of Warp Records
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Frantic and Fantastic
19 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

If I could ever experience what it's like to be a neon light inside a crowded nightclub, I imagine it would feel a lot like watching Good Time.

This movie exudes intensity, electricity, and neonicity (not a real word, just roll with it). The opening scene provides the movie's blandest color scheme, but it's serious and compelling and important, so pay attention.

From there, the movie leaps fearlessly into a techno blasting, adrenaline surging, rush of mayhem and terrible decision making. Two brothers rob a bank, run from the police, and one ends up in the hospital. Then it gets worse.

Constantine (played by Robert Pattinson, in a career-making performance) lives a life of dysfunction. He struggles to maintain healthy relationships with family or friends or anyone. The one thing in his life that he's sure of is that he wants to take care of his brother, who has intellectual disabilities. He spends a majority of the film frantically (frantic accurately describes the mood for most of Good Time) attempting to save his brother from the trouble that he put him in. The problem is that Constantine can't even properly take care of himself, so helping his brother is far beyond his abilities.

Try as he may, every attempt to help backfires. Despite Constantine's good intentions, he is a powerfully negative influence in his brother's life. He sees himself as his brother's savior, but that's very far from the truth.

It's tempting to sympathize with Constantine. He has real moments of decency. But just when you may think this isn't such a bad guy, he showcases another instance of unsavory behavior. That seems to be the story of his life—fleeting moments of hope, followed by swift slaps of grim reality that are mostly brought on by his own doing.

In the end, his brother, Nick, becomes the more likable character. We want what is best for Nick, just like Constantine does. Because of this shared goal, I want Constantine to succeed. I have never rooted harder for a character that I didn't really want to root for. That's all because of Nick.

Since this is sounding deeply dramatic, let me reiterate, this isn't a plodding sob story. The frantic pace, ludicrously rousing music and color scheme will make your eyes bug out and your hair stand up. Actually, you may literally stand up at certain moments because of the intensity.

See Good Time if you're up for an intense crime thriller. Just don't forget to think while watching. There's more to this movie than neon and techno.


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