Good Time is anything but for its characters. Centring on Robert Pattinson's trashiest (and most well performed) incarnation yet as he attempts to free his brother from Rikers Island after a failed robbery, we see life go from worse to worst for Connie Nikas and all those around him.

Pattinson firmly pushes away his former heartthrob sparkly vampire status with this film, playing a grimy criminal who is quite frankly, a bit of an asshole. Unable to accept his fate and do the right thing by his handicapped and imprisoned brother (which would be to take the blame), he attempts to raise bail, only to spiral into a mess of mistaken identities, lies, and bad hair bleach.

Josh and Benny Safdie (the latter who appears in the film as the incarcerated Nick) have a claustrophobic and disorientating directing style, with most shots held in tight close-up, creating a nauseating and tumultuous viewing experience. Not that it isn't warranted, mind, it perfectly captures the nervous and fracturing mind of the protagonist as he gets himself into more and more trouble. Just don't make the mistake of sitting two rows from the front like I did.

Whilst also being a gripping crime drama, what's also exposed is the treatment of those who exist between the two worlds of the prison and mental health systems in America. We see Nick, who appears to have severe autism, get thrown into the dangerous world of prison, where his life is constantly in danger. A later character tells Connie of how the prison bus dropped him outside a liquor store upon his release - many of the characters in Good Time end up the way they do due to lack of support and rehabilitation from the systems they are stuck within.

I would put Good Time in the same league as fellow "Neon Noir" Drive - it's a brightly lit, insomniac, electro pulsing vision of the depths of the city. A must see whether you're attending LFF or you're saving yourself for its release in cinemas.