Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.
In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.
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
Josh Safdie and Ronnie Bronstein wrote a complete character biography for Connie, beginning from his birth, up to the first minute of the movie. According to Josh Safdie: "Connie had an uncle who had a car dealership where he worked. And there was this amazing scam that I learned about, where you can scan VIN numbers, the digital codes, and get car keys made. So, Connie would sell someone a car and then in the middle of the night steal the car from their garage. He got away with it for a while, and then the uncle did the math, and was like, 'It was my f***ing degenerate nephew,' who he then had to pull away from the grandmother because he was fighting with his disabled brother (Nick) all the time. When it got to Connie's prison time - there are a lot of people in prison who use the time to reflect, and suddenly they know their purpose. So that became a thing that we talked about to Rob (Pattinson) a lot about, and that informed his character's psychosis, that he was obsessed with this idea of freedom, complete and utter freedom with his brother, who he once maybe didn't treat so well. You know, he doesn't even really know his brother. He loves him, but they don't really know each other. So we had this insane backstory for Rob's character, and it was immensely helpful just to know who that guy was with all these little details of his life. And it was also very helpful for us to write the dialogue, because we knew exactly what Connie would say in every situation, because we knew him so well already." 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 »
Good Time (2017, The Safdie Brothers) This is a wonderfully gritty crime film that is mostly set over one night. It has the sensibilities of a 70's film and feels like a film Abel Ferrera would want to make is he had any talent. The story follows a bank robber (Robert Pattinson)who finds himself unable to evade those who are looking for him. The acting is superb but the tone of the film might not be for everyone as its a loud, messy world of agitation and intensity that is quite tiring. I personally thought it was great and got a lot out of it and loved the style of presentation from the credits and cinematography to the great synth' score. 7.5-8/10
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