Better than I expected (admittedly, the bar was set rather low). Some bad writing, some bad acting, but overall good management of tension despite being entirely predictable.
In hearing this film being described as a ‘journey into the underworld’ and being ‘Kafkaesque’, I expected elements of fantasy and perhaps a visually dark color palette. What I got was a brash, dirty (albeit well lit), and scathing portrayal of Russia, its institutions, and its people. So: sort of what I expected?
Sergei Loznitsa does not bother with pleasantries. Death, drugs, and sex are frequent topics of conversation that our nameless protagonist overhears as she travels to…
Fourth time is the charm.
Hollywood may be able to finally attain closure with A Star Is Born in Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's rendition of the classic story. Bradley stuns in how authentically he performs his role as a depressed, jealous, and distant musician while Gaga finds another hat to don in this film in addition to her prowess as a pop star: actress.
Robert Pattinson is unrecognizable as Constantine “Connie” Nikas, a low-life New Yorker who enlists the help of his brother, Nick (Ben Safdie), to commit a bank robbery. The robbery goes wrong and Nick is placed in a Rikers Island holding cell. To make matters worse, Nick is mentally handicapped; his life is in active danger from the other inmates. Good Time chronicles the fever dream of the rescue Connie attempts.
Connie is a rebel. Or, a sociopath. He’s…