Most writers want to break the rules, be free of the constrictor of what is acceptable and what isn’t. But there are some rules that should be endeared to, that your protagonist should be likeable or interesting and the creators of Good Time have got it spectacularly wrong. Robert Pattison plays the deeply unpleasant criminal Connie Niklas, who is trying to leave his neighbourhood with his handicapped brother, Nick Nicklas, played by cowriter and co-director Ben Safdie. What might seem a noble deed inspired by brotherly love, is marred when Connie has his brother assist him on a bank robbery that goes wrong resulting in
Nick being arrested. But that won’t stop Connie trying to break out his brother from prison, by any scandalous means necessary.
The film is unapologetically in your face, a blaring music score set at a blistering pace, to be brutal, it’s like being on a first date with tinnitus. I couldn’t help but feel that there was an influence from Drive in Good Time, with it being style over substance. Drive is a rare example where a fairly thin story is compensated by visuals and soundtrack. The plot is full of tension and suspense with Connie constantly facing a new brick wall to overcome, which is ironic because the suspense rides on you wanting the character to escape or overcome the challenge and I couldn’t help wait for the character to be caught for it to be all over. Robert Pattinson has garnered a lot of positive criticism for the role, but it feels like a desperate attempt by him to eviscerate people thinking of him as the emo vampire, he didn’t consider the role lacked any real character depth, just shadiness. Ironically, it seemed that the character Nick would have been more interesting central character to have the story focussed upon, but hopefully, there’s no plan for any sequels anytime soon.