Two brothers rob a bank, which has the results of one of them ending up behind bars. The other brother, Connie, manages to escape from the police. Connie (played by Robert Patterson) now has concerns and fears about his handicapped brother, now behind bars. Connie has one night to do everything he can to set his brother free from jail, or else his brother will be sent where more possible harm could come to him. The amount Connie needs to save his brother is … $10,000. Good Time occurs over the course of one evening.
Good Time is an example of a low budget film done well. When I think about the whole film, there aren’t many actors in the film and most of the shots are done at night (less people around). Also, the actor who plays Connie’s brother is, in fact, one of the directors of this film. The film has a script that is creative and edgy, but another key strength is the lead actor.
Robert Patterson is best known for his Twilight series, but after seeing him in the Australian film The Rover, Robert Patterson was starting to show the world that he more than a vampire covered in glitter. As he plays this character, Connie, he looks very worn out, dirty and gives a strong desperate vibe to do whatever it takes to save his brother from jail. He is also simply not to be messed with. For Robert Patterson’s performance, this is his greatest work that I have ever him complete to date.
The film doesn’t take long to get going. Watching the suspenseful opening robbery scene, I enjoyed the film’s pace and the sequences are great. The film; however, does slightly struggle around the halfway mark as the pacing became a little slower and I started to question what the film was doing. Certain parts of the story also started becoming a little predictable. By the 3rd act thankfully, the film picks up a better pace and the suspense kicks in just like the film started with to begin.
Overall, Good Time is a well crafted low budget film done right. Robert Patterson gives us his best performance and his character is believable and real. The film pacing around the halfway mark is a slight struggle after so much suspense and rushing from the start. Because of this stumble, I started to question the film’s duration. For some, this downer could be rather minor as the film picks up in the 3rd act.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden