One New York night blows out of control.
After a botched bank robbery lands his vulnerable younger brother in prison, small-time hustler Constantine (Robert Pattinson) is plunged into the buzzing labyrinth of New Yorks underworld in an increasingly desperate attempt to free the only family he has. White-hot indie directors, The Safdie Brothers (Heaven Knows What, Daddy Longlegs) return with this deliriously unpredictable thriller. With an award-winning score by Oneohtrix Point Never and breakout performances from Pattinson and Ben Safdie as his brother Nick, Good Time recalls the grit and urgency of 70s New Hollywood films such as Taxi Driver, Mean Streets and Dog Day Afternoon.
Review of Good Time by Eddie @ The Movie Guys
Paced in a similar tempo and style to a film like Run Lola Run or even to a lesser extent Jason Statham’s hyperactive actioner Crank, Good Time see’s Edward Cullen not having a particularly fun night out after himself and his handicapped brother attempt a botched bank robbery and then Pattinson’s Connie breaks the wrong guy out of hospital to extend his woes.
Written and directed by sibling duo Benny and Josh Safdie (of which Benny also stars as Connie’s brother Nick), Good Time is a relentlessly paced and frenetic experience heightened by a sense of constant threat and foreboding and an at times over intrusive score by Oneohtrix Point Never and the Safdie brother’s film is one that certainly can’t be accused of playing out by the rulebook as this thriller with a difference is constantly engaging throughout, even if it doesn’t have a that special something to elevate it to the next level.
From the moment the Safdie’s throw us into the plight of Connie and Nick and their messed up lives we can tell things aren’t going to go smoothly for the duo and likely won’t go smoothly in the future either. It’s that typical hard luck style of crime thriller where a collection of not overly bad people are just trying to break free from their tough luck lives but the Safdie’s aren’t concerned with exploring these characters too much as we’re instead taken on a wild night out with Pattinson’s Connie as he tries to right the wrongs his responsible for.
It’s another impressively committed turn from Pattinson (peroxided hair and all) who couldn’t have been doing much more in the years since Twilight to shed that teen heartthrob image that franchise created for him.
His in almost every scene of the film and carries with him the energy and intensity the film required of him and while the characters that appear around him such as the glaringly over the top Buddy Duress as fresh out of jail criminal Ray feel sub-par and misplaced and the narrative choices the Nikas brothers make don’t always ring true, Pattinson holds steady and is a major reason why Good Time ends up being the solid thriller that it is.
Final Say –
An energetic and fast-paced thriller with a strong sense of visuals and uniqueness of tone, Good Time may not always make the right calls but held down by an impressive Pattinson turn, this is a film that marks the Safdie’s as filmmakers with a bright future ahead of them and ends up as one of last years more impressive independent offerings..
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Title: Good Time
Release Date: 10 Jan 2018
Actor(s): Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Taliah Webster, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barkhad Abdi, Necro, Peter Verby, Saida Mansoor, Gladys Mathon, Rose Gregorio, Eric Paykert, Astrid Corrales, Rachel Black, Hirakish Ranasaki, Maynard Nicholl
Catalogue No: HIG063
Disc Count: 1
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
OFLC Rating: MA15+
Run Time: 99
Transfer Format: 16:9 Enhanced, Widescreen, Full Height Anamorphic
Video Format: PAL
Primary Audio: Dolby Digital
Language: English, Dolby Digital
Region Code: 4
Genre: Drama, Thriller