Josh and Benny Safdie's ferocious, darkly comic crime drama (2017) takes place mostly over one long night, as a bank robber (Robert Pattinson in a galvanizing performance) does anything he can to raise bail for his intellectually disabled brother. Like the directors' previous feature, Heaven Knows What (2014), this presents New York's lower depths with lots of energy and imagination; the athletic camerawork, jumpy editing, and eerie electronic score (by Daniel Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never) combine in a heightened, queasy atmosphere that's never less than commanding. At the same time, the film encourages delight at the adventures of an amoral dirtbag content to exploit people who are poor, black, or disabled. Not since Gaspar Noé's Enter the Void (2009) have I been so mesmerized by a film I found morally repugnant.
By Ben Sachs