Director: Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie
Writers: Ronald Bronstein and Josh Safdie
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Buddy Duress, Taliah Lennice, and Jennifer Jason Leigh
Robert Pattison stars as Constantine “Connie” Nikas in The Safdie Brother’s Good Time. After his brother, Nick (Benny Safdie) is arrested during a failed bank robbery, Connie stops at nothing to break his brother out of prison, taking everyone, he meets down with him along the way.
Good Time is an incredibly fast-paced and intense film. Right from the opening scene where Nick is attending a therapy session, this film is full-on. It’s filled with close-up shots as characters speak, and you’re just thrown into the story. There’s very little introduction, and you know straight away that this is something different.
The Safdie Brothers expertly craft a film that just ramps up the tension consistently. It’s completely over-the-top, and there’s not one point where you aren’t completely invested in what’s happening on screen. The events are borderline ridiculous, to the point that if the tone was slightly lighter then this could be a Harold and Kumar film, right down to the appearance of White Castle, but instead this is a dark crime thriller.
Everyone gives outstanding performances, with all the characters feeling very real. Robert Pattinson is beyond excellent, giving one of the best performances of his career. Good Time is one of those rare films that has you hooked all the way through, and you’re just completely involved and when the final credits start to roll, it’s hard to believe that over a hundred minutes have passed.
Overall, Good Time is an engrossing and captivating film. It grabs your attention straight away and doesn’t let you go until it’s over.
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