It was early 2015, and the Twilight star was now three years removed from Edward Cullen, the iconic vampire heartthrob who made the British actor's name but had also painted him into a corner.
Good Time follows a two-bit crook named Connie Nikas over the course of one increasingly frenetic night in Queens, as this determined low-life goes on a frantic quest for bail money in order to spring his mentally challenged brother out of jail after a bank heist goes bad.
To say that this electric indie thriller recalibrates what we think of Pattinson would be putting it mildly – yet it's also a hell of a coming-out party for the Safdies, two under-the-radar filmmakers known for dynamic cult dramas like 2008's The Pleasure of Being Robbed and 2009's Daddy Longlegs.
That sketch of a storyline soon morphed into a tale of Connie and his brother Nick (played by Benny Safdie), who brazenly pull a bank heist in broad daylight.
And while this experiment in grunge-ing up one of the world's most famous faces should be considered a success for everybody involved – especially Pattinson, whose edgy, desperate turn feels like a real breakthrough for the actor – it’s telling how differently the star and his directors perceive their triumph.
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