GOOD TIME –Opens Dec 4 – 17 (Part of the Perth Festival) – Directed Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie. Featuring Robert Pattinson, Ben Safdie, Jennifer Jason-Leigh.

Pattinson delivers an absolutely driven performance as Connie, whose brother Nick (Ben Safdie) crashes through a glass door and knocks himself out while escaping after an almost successful bank robbery.

Connie’s selfless and progressively desperate and risky scheming to spring his mentally challenged brother from prison takes viewers on a dark and twisting odyssey through the noir neighborhoods of New York’s Queens, known as “the tragic borough”, where he makes both new allies and enemies on his journey.

The Safdie Brothers represent a fresh style of filmmaking and this work features well-rounded characters and a tight shooting style, characterised by small sets, close shots and some sudden loud effects to maintain a feeling of gritty claustrophobia.

RATING: 4 out of 5 – Reviewed by Michael Bazeley