What a beautiful, angular beast this is. If there's any need for "realism" in cinema, maybe it's here. From gritty to obscenely hilarious, here's a maze of pressing close-ups and constant problem solving; a thing which inhabits the survivalist angst of the urban landscape. Pattinson rules. Oneohtrix's soundtrack is brutal.
A ferocious thriller exploring class, privilege, and poverty whose frantic nervousness recalls, as many have said, the classic NYC films of the 70s but it's honestly reflective of the present unlike the majority of films today. Robert Pattison is worthy of a truck-load of awards. Shot by Sean Price Williams in a dankly glorious/skittish way. The Safdie Bros got the right stuff. One of the very best films of the year.
Robert Pattinson gives a revelatory performance here showing his recent turn in 'Lost City of Z' was no fluke. The Safdie brothers latest film is a gorgeous creation of an endless night amongst the thieves and downtrodden awash in neon and a wonderful score (by Daniel Lopatin) that brings back memories of the eighties output of Tangerine Dream. Scripting by Ronald Bronstein and Josh Safdie is exceptional.
Rather than rely on action set-pieces or typical suspense tropes, this thriller keeps you hooked simply by making you wonder when the cruel hand of fate will strike next. While it's not as thoroughly exciting as similar films I could think of, it does have a refreshing emotional intensity I haven't seen in a crime film in a while. The music, the cinematography, and Pattison's performance are also quite outstanding.
Intensely mixed reactions to this. The lighting, soundtrack, editing, and rapidly paced narrative are all expertly done. But while I get the grime and slime are necessarily a part of it, it skeeved me out too many times to feel good about the experience (which is the point but I don't think that the point needed to be made)