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.
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.
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
According to Josh Safdie: "There was a element of Rob (Pattinson) that was really kind of exposing, that I wanted to bring to this character. His energy - he's almost on the run all the time. He had like this Vietnam War vet quality, like he had been through something very traumatic. He's constantly trying to avoid kind of being seen all the time, which comes from his level of fame. He was like he had PTSD from that Twilight-stardom experience. I remember very specifically location scouting with Rob, we're at an off-the-beaten-path place and people started taking pictures and I saw it on his face, he went into almost war mode in his mind. If you put duck-tape on a cat they think they're up against a wall, he kind of walks like that. He thinks everybody is watching and he has this on-the-run quality to him. Someone who had been walking through life trying not to be seen, always slinking around." See more »
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 »
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 »
Written by Sam Ray Mosley and Robert Augusta Johnson
Performed by Mosley & Johnson
Courtesy of Malaco Records O/B/O Muscle Shoals Records
Published by Peermusic III, LTD. on behalf of itself, Malaco Music Co., and Back Scat Publishing Co. See more »
I thoroughly enjoyed this film on several levels. The acting, direction and story line were all done extremely well. It was original and there is an element of commitment of love through the forced negative acts of the desperate protagonist.
I also have to say I enjoyed the psychedelic score which worked well with the pace of the film. Last, I grew up in the neighborhood much of the film is shot in so I am somewhat biased. This, however, is not what makes the film so good.
Pattinson is brilliant as the Big brother trying to make a better life for himself and his learning disabled brother. A bank robbery they attempt goes wrong and the remainder of the film is an attempt to recover his brother from a hospital after getting caught and beat up in jail.
I won't give any more away but have to say the film is thought provoking, exciting and fast paced. I also felt it was quite realistically done in the way each character plays their parts.
The only thing I found annoying was the credits ran into 22+ minutes of the film. Otherwise, a tremendous effort and success for the Safdie Brothers.
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