Indie filmmaking siblings Josh and Benny Safdie have quietly delivered highly regarded short and feature films over the last ten years. But none of their timely work has made a splash as big as their latest Cannes selection and Best Composer winner, Good Time. Teaming with a nearly unrecognizable Robert Pattinson and co-starring Benny Safdie himself, Good Time blends together a stylish vision with a pulse-pounding original score that provides relentless thrills.
Connie Nikas (Pattinson) cares deeply for his mentally disabled brother Nick (Benny Safdie), even if he's too blind to notice his toxic influence on him. And after a bank robbery sends Nick into the brutal prison system and Connie on the run from the cops, the fugitive will do whatever it takes to get his brother out of jail. Yet, Connie's foiled plan sends him on a wild chain of events that even he can't control anymore.
The first thing you notice about Good Time is Daniel Lopatin's gripping score. But the film offers plenty more, piecing together a stimulating character study with sleek direction. Robert Pattinson has transformed his career since the early Twilight days, tackling diverse roles that are often small in stature but exceptionally delivered. He takes over the screen in Good Time, commanding your attention with his survivalist mentality and dwarfing the performances of everyone around him, including Oscar nominees Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) and Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips). However, for all of Good Time's strong attributes, the film frustrates with a bitterly unrealistic sequence of events that takes 100 minutes to end up exactly where you would expect a half hour into the film. But despite this infuriating blemish with its script, Good Time still represents a fine independent effort from Robert Pattinson and the Safdie brothers.