There's more than an air of Cassavetes about the Safdie brothers' latest work and it has a similar doomed inevitability. The success of the film hinges on the dynamism of the directing and the acting, where Pattinson in particular is excellent (and at time unrecognisable). Savage and depressing yet a very admirable film through which the old, untamed, ungentrified soul of New York City resonates.
Really good. I love how the plot devolves into anxiety and chaos. The cinematography and the score are really top notch. Benny Safdie is incredible as Nick, too. Pattinson says it was more of a comedy before the Safdie Bros got their hands on the script. I can't imagine it as a comedy, maybe it was something like After Hours before? Hmmm
A weirdo but in a positive way. This film didn't make his impact because of a well-structured script but with an impressive cinematography and a great soundtrack used perfect in a chaotic chain of events. Pattinson is the pure and the damned. Who the fuck are those Safdie brothers!? I had a GOOD TIME watching this. 7.25/10
[More like 4.5] I'm having a hard time trying to give my opinion - not an illustrious one - about this Safdie brothers' movie: it's a movie of thorough experimentation, with elements that can be recognized in other directors' works (the use of pounding music as in Refn; the heavy use of a tight hand-held camera as in early Fincher; mostly diegetic lights as in Von Trier and Dogma95, but crazier) yet very original.
Gritty and technicolor, assured direction by the Safdie bros. Benny Safdie also turns in a mysterious performance, so strangely linked to this story. Robert Pattinson charges on dilated autopilot. Classic Jennifer Jason Leigh being hilarious. Taliah Webster is a standout, and the true reveal of character lies in that betrayal. Good music, credits, casting, scouting.
An acid trip that never lets up, that keeps thew viewer in a trancelike state throughout the entirety of the film's runtime. This is a movie where the direction, the script, the actors, the visuals, the soundtrack, all of it comes together to form a drug-induced, neon feverdream that just feels fresh and unique. I should have watched it when it came out. Better late than never, I guess.
Follows the point of view of the criminal mentality without romanticizing it; something Hollywood usually does, as they identify with exploitation more often than not. Additionally interesting because the film recognizes that contrary to some conceptions a true criminal is not a rebel. The true criminal has to intention of changing the structure of things, they desire to move and work within them to their advantage.