With Robert Pattinson’s Batman at the moment impressing on the large display, what higher motive to look again on the function which The Batman director Matt Reeves credits as the catalyst for his casting. The Safdie brothers’ 2017 movie Good Time is a tense, nervy, caffeine jolt of a criminal offense thriller, which sees Pattinson in prime kind as a small-time criminal, making an attempt to avoid wasting his brother over the course of 24 agonising hours.
Connie Nikas (Pattinson) and his developmentally disabled brother Nick (co-director, Benny Safdie) rob a financial institution in New York however bungle the getaway. Nick is arrested whereas Connie manages to flee the scene. In a darkly amusing piece of irony, Connie makes an attempt to bail his brother utilizing the exact same theft proceeds they only stole. It’s not sufficient to spring Nick, so Connie scrambles to seek out $10,000 in a single night time, as occasions spiral quickly out of his management.
Connie groups up with current parolee, Ray (Buddy Duress), who is aware of the place a bag of stolen cash is hidden, stashed after one other botched theft. Whereas it’s definitively a foul thought in any smart particular person’s evaluation, the cash represents Connie’s finest (and solely) hope of getting his brother out of Rikers Island.
If one of many goals of cinema is to make us really feel one thing then, primarily based on their current output, the Safdie brothers need us to really feel what it’s wish to have a stress-induced aneurysm. Good Time is an professional lesson in uncomfortable rigidity; a twitchy, squirmy, wriggly succession of unhealthy selections, a domino impact of penalties. When it comes to stress, Good Time has solely been bettered as soon as: by the Safdie brothers themselves, when Uncut Gems despatched viewers blood stress into the stratosphere two years later.
An early scene in a bail bonds workplace is an ideal instance of Good Time’s simmering apprehension. The bondsman is on two simultaneous telephone calls, making an attempt to find Nick within the jail system whereas, within the background, Connie’s girlfriend Corey (an unsurprisingly glorious Jennifer Jason Leigh) learns her bank card has been cancelled and hollers down the telephone at her mom. There’s one thing extraordinarily aggravating, but riveting, in witnessing three completely different, irritated conversations intruding on each other.
In a bizarre method Connie’s plight in Good Time is like Matt Damon’s in The Martian: in an effort to stop a looming catastrophe from overwhelming him, he breaks the whole lot down right into a collection of consecutive issues. Repair one, then the following. Sadly, Connie isn’t any scientist, and to say he’s impulse pushed is a large understatement. He can by no means give attention to the larger image, so each new drawback he offers with is triage.
Connie isn’t a very good particular person both. He makes use of folks. He’s a sleazy opportunist. He actually will get his foot within the door, after which takes benefit. And that is the place Pattinson’s efficiency actually shines – we persist with a personality we don’t actually like. We nonetheless wish to comply with him throughout New York and we wish to see him set Nick free.
The movie’s pulsing, digital rating, composed by Oneohtrix Level By no means (aka Daniel Lopatin), is one other contributing issue to Good Time’s depth. Foot chases and fast escapes merge with the nervousness heightening cues, in an ideal symbiosis of rating and visuals. Typically the music offers technique to one thing resembling Blade Runner, as we comply with Connie across the metropolis from the air; a momentary respite from the mayhem on the bottom, an opportunity to catch our breath.
Good Time isn’t the only option in case you are seeking to loosen up on a Friday night time. However what’s the purpose of enjoyable anyway? If you happen to’re not chewing off your fingernails and screaming into a settee cushion, how are you aware you’re even alive? Good Time is a very efficient thriller, a reminder that your coronary heart’s nonetheless beating.