R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Connie Nikas embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city's underworld in an increasingly desperate-and dangerous-attempt to get his brother Nick out of jail.
Josh Safdie and Ronnie Bronstein wrote a complete character biography for Connie, beginning from his birth, up to the first minute of the movie. According to Josh Safdie: "Connie had an uncle who had a car dealership where he worked. And there was this amazing scam that I learned about, where you can scan VIN numbers, the digital codes, and get car keys made. So, Connie would sell someone a car and then in the middle of the night steal the car from their garage. He got away with it for a while, and then the uncle did the math, and was like, 'It was my f***ing degenerate nephew,' who he then had to pull away from the grandmother because he was fighting with his disabled brother (Nick) all the time. When it got to Connie's prison time - there are a lot of people in prison who use the time to reflect, and suddenly they know their purpose. So that became a thing that we talked about to Rob (Pattinson) a lot about, and that informed his character's psychosis, that he was obsessed with this idea of freedom, complete and utter freedom with his brother, who he once maybe didn't treat so well. You know, he doesn't even really know his brother. He loves him, but they don't really know each other. So we had this insane backstory for Rob's character, and it was immensely helpful just to know who that guy was with all these little details of his life. And it was also very helpful for us to write the dialogue, because we knew exactly what Connie would say in every situation, because we knew him so well already."
As soon as he hears the word JAIL, he fuckin' freaks, talkin' about "I'm not getting ripped off by one of you punks again" and he just fuckin' steps on the gas. And that was it, and just takes off. Then I hear the word COPS, I lose it, like I gotta ...
It was the Nassau County Police department that showed up at the Adventureland Amusement Park. However, Adventureland is located in East Farmingdale in Suffolk County.
Excepting the production companies and title, the opening credits begin 17 minutes into the movie.
$125,101 (USA) (13 August 2017)
$2,009,484 (USA) (12 October 2017)
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