Good Time

Good Time ★★★½

Twitchy and claustrophobic, Josh and Benny Safdie's "Good Time" is a crime drama that puts its audience square under the skin of the Murphy's law-tempting narrative. That audience will come out of the experience feeling dirtied by the film's events, but it will also feel exhilarated.

Starring a harried Robert Pattinson as Connie Nikas, "Good Time" revolves around Nikas' attempts to extricate his mentally challenged brother from harm and the law's way after a bank robbery goes bad. Nikas is thwarted at nearly every turn, and the story beats ensnare the protagonist in an unwinnable journey.

The Safdies create a sickly playground for their film with color palette and shot selection creating a palpable anxiousness. Tension is at a premium, and performances sell a wary, street-level grace.

In the end, the film is a grunge-covered look at brotherly love. Engaging and electric, it is also a vice-tight drama of depraved intentions.

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