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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A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
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 about filming unrecognized in the NY subway: "We wanted Rob to disappear in the city. I think the biggest triumph for us was that when he's on the subway and nobody even acknowledges. Rush hour. We shot rush hour, where there's a train packed with people. We directed him by text messages and I'm telling Rob, 'closer, closer, closer.' He's like, 'my dick's going to enter this guy's face.' But the closest we got him being recognized was as he got off the train and I heard from his LAV mic, trailing away, 'Was that Robert Pattinson? No, it couldn't be.' I was like, 'Yeah, right.'" 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 »
Watch it with the sound off, it will make more sense
One of the worst, laziest, illogical, empty films I have EVER seen. I cannot believe the critics on this. It really makes me think the system is dirty.
This is a loud, boring, nonsensical movie. There are plot holes everywhere, long shots of cars driving on the street, loud music, and a laughably (not intentional) sentimental ending. I could (but won't) list all the lazy, sloppy and idiotic choices this movie makes, but I don't blame the filmmakers.
I blame the "film critics" who can't see the difference between a good movie and a complete waste of time and money. Only A.O. Scott recuses himself.
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