Dyldo Baggins’s review published on Letterboxd:
Xanax required while viewing
The Safdie brothers build tension better than any of their contemporaries. This movie is one the most stress inducing films I can recall. At its core it is a crime drama about a despicable human being played by Robert Pattinson. Who takes advantage of his handicap brother by convincing him to rob a bank with him, and of course it all goes to shit. Now this low life feels bad for getting his brother arrested and has to come up with the bail money to get him out of jail before something terrible happens to him.
From the start this film had me on the edge of my seat. My eyes were glued to the screen, and no matter how horrific the images I couldn't look away. Pattinson's character; who goes by the name of Connie, is the epitome of human garbage. He's conniving, has no remorse for his actions, and takes advantage of anybody who comes in contact with him. Connie manages to make matters worse and worse for himself as the film progresses.
The script is so well done. The dialogue feels so natural, as if these are all recalled events from this guys past. accompanied by a score that just adds to the anxiety inducing feeling this movie already emits. I can't say enough nice things about this film. If the Safdie brothers set out to make something that would make viewers have a panic attack while watching, then they succeeded in their execution.