Good Time

Good Time ★★★★

Constantine "Connie" Nikas (Robert Pattinson) interrupts and pulls his younger mentally handicapped, brother Nick Nikas (Ben Safdie) out of a therapy session with a psychologist. He knows what's best for his brother. Soon after the two siblings don masks and rob a bank. Whilst escaping a dye pack goes off in their money bag and they are pursued by local cops. Connie gets away but his younger brother crashes through a shopping mall exit door and is subsequently arrested. We then see the vulnerable Nick getting assaulted in Riker's Island high-security prison.
Meanwhile, Connie tries to bail out his brother at a bail bondsman's office but short on cash and then finding out he's been attacked he hatches a plan to break him out of the hospital. And that's when the action really begins.
The Safdie brothers (Josh and Ben) provide us with a relentless, heart-stopping thriller that mostly takes place over one night, set in the often grim underbelly of Queens and Brooklyn and all accompanied by a rather mesmerizing Tangerine Dream inspired soundtrack by Oneohtrix Point Never.
Pattinson is excellent in the lead role as the morally bankrupt Connie who will do anything from sleeping with a 16-year-old, indulging an injured drug dealer, beating a security guard and lying out of his back teeth in his overzealous quest to free the brother who's imprisonment he is directly responsible for. Co-director Ben Safdie is also superb as the mentally impaired, seemingly permanently forlorn Nick.
An often levelled criticism of 'Good Time's' premise is that it's unrealistic.
That may be true but what can't be disputed is the taut direction and stellar performances across the board in one of the most engaging and memorable pictures of the year.
In the final analysis, this is a film about the overbearing and destructive love of one brother for another.

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