Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie | USA 2017, 100 minutes | 7pm, Thursday 20 July
The onscreen brothers may execute their job in careless haste, but the Safdies thrust us into the heist’s reckless, twisty fallout with glistening pop vigor, occasionally saturating the screen in electric waves of magenta and turquoise, while experimental musician Oneohtrix Point Never’s furious electro-rock score settles sharply between the temples. – Guy Lodge, Variety
Set over one frenetic day and night, Good Time sees Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson in a breathtaking career best performance) fleeing from the fallout of a badly botched bank robbery. And if the New York underworld wasn’t bad enough, Nikas has to look after his co-conspirator, his intellectually impaired brother.
The latest blast from the rapidly rising Safdie brothers (Heaven Knows What 2014), Good Time is a neon-hued update of such ‘70s NY street-funk thrillers such as Dog Day Afternoon, Taxi Driver and The French Connection. With a propulsive electroshock soundtrack by Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never, and nervy cinematography from Sean Price Williams, Good Time never pauses, never lets you take a breath. When Good Time debuted at Cannes it received a six minute standing ovation and it’s easy to see why.
D Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie S Ronald Bronstein and Joshua Safdie P Sebastian Bear-McClard, Oscar Boyson, Terry Dougas, and Paris Kasidokostas C Sean Price Williams E Ben Safdie and Ronald Bronstein
Distribution: Hi-Gloss Entertainment DCP
Unrated 15 +
Winner of Best Soundtrack at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival