Saw Good Time, the new crime film starring Robert Pattinson. He’s amazing in it, as is the score by Oneohtrix Point Never. The movie barrels along, the tension almost never letting up as Pattinson solves and creates increasingly severe problems for himself on his nightlong odyssey to find money to bail his mentally disabled brother out of jail. Sounds noble? Well, not so much, as Pattinson is the one who got him arrested in the first place. As the story unfolds and we see more sides of this character, we start to realize he’s much worse than we thought. The movie shows us all the cruelty, amorality, and sleaze surrounding the one flicker of goodness in this man and lets us come to our own conclusions about his character. It’s an uncomfortable spot to be in as a viewer but I’m glad the movie put me in it.
Still, by the end, I feel there’s something missing, but I can’t really put my finger on what. Part of it is the way the story fizzles out instead of properly ending. Though maybe it’s the only way the story could’ve ended. Despite all his craftiness and quick-thinking, you never get the sense that Pattinson’s character ever really thinks through the implications of anything he does.