Good Time (M18)
Starring Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie
Directed by Josh & Benny Safdie
Post-Twilight, Robert Pattinson has been busy destroying his teen idol image by taking on daringly left-field roles that push his acting range (see Map to the Stars, The Rover, and The Lost City of Z). And Good Time is another feather in his cap, further proof that he’s happy not playing it safe in the arthouse world.
Here, he stars as a desperado trying to rob a bank with his mentally-challenged brother, a really bad idea that lands the latter behind bars. So the elder sibling spends the rest of this grimy and gritty thriller — driven by a restless energy and a loud synthesiser score — running around New York’s neon-lit mean streets, searching for ways to spring him out of prison.
Sadly, he encounters one monumental cock-up after another. (Jennifer Jason Leigh plays his sugar mummy who has deep pockets… and a screw loose). Pattinson’s straggly character isn’t likeable, but his devotion to his brother is admirable. Good job. On Netflix. (***1/2)