Connie Nikas forcibly removes his developmentally disabled brother Nick from a therapy session. The two rob a New York City bank for $65,000. In the getaway car, a dye pack explodes in a money bag, causing the driver to crash. Connie and Nick flee on foot, washing the dye from their clothes in a restaurant restroom. Stopped by police, Nick panics and runs; Nick is arrested while Connie escapes. Connie attempts to secure a bail bond, but needs $10,000 more to get Nick out of jail. He convinces his girlfriend, Corey, to pay with her mother's credit cards, but her mother cancels the cards. Connie learns that Nick has been hospitalized after a fight with an inmate.
Josh Safdie about visiting jail for preparation: "When we were developing the look of Connie, we brought Rob (Pattinson) to an active jail. I had become friends with the warden, this woman Raylene, who is actually in the movie as the voice of the operator at Elmhurst. And I befriended through this interesting character who I knew, the commissioner of jails. So we had this unfettered access and when we brought Rob there, he didn't say a word because his accent wasn't down yet, but he'd be able to walk around and see what a real jail looks and feels like and what it's like to be going through the system. We had like notepads and stuff and everybody kind of thought we were from the city and asked for their lawyers. Rob went in an oversized hoodie, so nobody could recognize him and he looked a bit like a teenager. I think someone actually asked if he was there for Scared Straight." (laughs) See more »
It is not shown how did Ray get rid of handcuffs. See more »
Written and performed by Daniel Lopatin (as Oneohtrix Point Never)
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A good time from beginning to end.
The protagonist in 'Good Time (2017)' is certainly no hero and his journey to free his brother seems to be as selfish a quest as it is genuine, with his manipulative manner coming out in every ever-escalating scene until his erraticism outweighs his reasoning and he starts to get so sloppy that the mistakes he makes are perhaps more dangerous than the situations he enters in the first place. It is this central character, along with his frenetic and suitably grimy performance, that keeps you engaged, by being surprisingly seedy, even when the narrative doesn't take the turns you'd expect it to - which is ultimately a good thing. Props must also be given to the actor - who is also a co-director - portraying the lead's mentally-handicapped brother, as he does a phenomenal job of embodying a character whom we can wholly empathise with. The piece is never predictable and properly pacy, with a definite sense of style that seeps into every situation and marks the overall story with a tangibly 'loose strand' feel, a kind of vibe that pushes tension and suspense into the most mundane of misguided moments that feel just disconnected enough to be true-to-life. The realist sensibility and superb synthetic soundtrack keep every beat fresh and exciting, though, so that, while they do seem somewhat coincidental, they always come across as wholly necessary and all-encompassing, the only thing occupying both the characters' and audience's mind. This 'in-the-moment' vibe is incredibly energetic and puts you in the head of the stressed and worn-out lead, lessening the impact of the inevitable retroactive realisation that the action seems more like disconnected set-pieces happening almost out of the blue, with little ultimately falling into place, than a proper planned narrative. Still, that's not to imply there wasn't thought put in behind the scenes. It takes a special kind of planning to make things seem spontaneous. In the end, this piece becomes more realistic, and thematically futile (though still hopeful), precisely because it refuses to follow convention and fit into a neat narrative package. Plus, as I mentioned, it is all about being in the head-space of the character, which is why most of the piece is shot using claustrophobic close-ups, and feeling like every little event is the biggest moment of the movie. The situation itself almost acts as the antagonist, throwing curve-balls to stop our protagonist from achieving his goals. Every moment could be his last and danger comes from the most unexpected of places, be that by coincidence or by his mistakes, which makes the flick a thrilling ride from start-to-end in a more domestic kind of way than usual. There are no big explosions, massive gun-fights or country-wide car chases. Yet, every moment is exciting. That's the beauty of it, really. For all its subversion, thematic elements, character depth and clever, realist twists, the most important thing about it is this: it's just a good time. 7/10
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