Robert Pattinson stars as Constantine Nikas, in this riveting new thriller by the Safdie Brothers. The film appears to open, right after a failed bank robbery attempt landed Constantine’s younger brother Nick (Ben Safdie) in Riker’s prison. From reading the official synopsis, we know that Good Time will take place over the course of one night and that Rob’s character will become increasingly desperate for money to bail his brother out of jail.
My first impression of the trailer was, “that was not as weird as I thought it was going to be” followed by “oh wow, the guy in the red jacket is Rob!” I legit, didn’t recognize him at first and was once again impressed by his chameleon-like transformation. Everything about him was different; voice, mannerisms, everything. I didn’t know that Ben Safdie is a legitimate actor, and was very impressed with him, as well. The few clips of him were highly emotional, gut wrenching and difficult to watch. I was also very taken with the music by Iggy Pop and OPN. I thought it was hypnotic, chaotic, and haunting, and very complementary of the actions taking place on screen.
Love him or hate him, box office success or failure, one thing you cannot say is that Robert Pattinson took the easy way out, after the massive success of that other franchise. He has proven with every role that he isn’t in it for the celebrity and adulation. Isn’t in it for the ego boost, and nonsensical trappings of fame. Robert is doing what he loves, on his terms, and the dividends are starting to pay off. His projects are varied and diverse, and don’t ever look or feel the same. He’s always been honest about wanting to improve his craft, and the long road he had ahead of him. I could be biased, but I think he has arrived and is here to stay. Like it or not, and we LOVE it, he is the real deal. Good Time will make its premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival next week. Robert can currently be seen, in the critically acclaimed drama the Lost City of Z, out in theaters now.
Following the mind-bending HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT, celebrated filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie return to the mean streets of New York City with GOOD TIME, a hypnotic crime thriller that explores with bracing immediacy the tragic sway of family and fate.
After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city’s underworld in an increasingly desperate—and dangerous—attempt to get his brother out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night, Constantine finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balance.
Anchored by a career-defining performance from Robert Pattinson, GOOD TIME is a psychotic symphony of propulsive intensity crafted by two of the most exciting young directors working today. Josh and Benny Safdie’s transcendent vision is an intoxicating portrait of desperation and destruction that will not be soon forgotten.