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Good Time

(Ben Safdie & Josh Safdie)

Someone mentioned that this feels very much like After Hours and I have to agree. There is a sense of lunacy to the elemental happenstance that Pattinson finds himself in. I was along for the ride from the beginning and treated to a shockingly well maintained performance that has me re-examining his entire career.

Two brothers rob a bank, but during their getaway the dye pack in the bag explodes and covers them in pink paint dust. Now with a change of plans, they try to flee the cops surrounding the area. During a chase, Nick get captured. Now Connie must somehow come up with some bail money to get him out. $10K short, his wild night is just beginning.

A visually chaotic piece, the Safdie brothers bring together an edgy narrative that likes to take twists and turns, finding new ways to put their main character in new predicaments. There is something a bit more gritty, dirty or visceral to this film than the typical Hollywood crime drama. Good Time manages to zone in on an area that makes it unique enough to be memorable.

Pattinson continues to try and rip apart his Twilight persona. I think he has successfully done that, with his performance here being the best of his career. I know people who are like Connie, constantly forcing people to do things with their desperate nice guy attack. You don't really feel threatened by him, but at the same time you're scared to get on his bad side. It's a performance that walks the line perfectly. He's so embarrassingly desperate that he becomes engaging throughout the entire film.

To say I had a "good-time" watching this film is a cliched, cringe worthy ending to a review. So I'll leave it at that.