The Place Beyond the Pines

The Place Beyond the Pines

(2012)

One of the most acclaimed films of the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, this crime drama from the director of Blue Valentine centres on the intense consequences when a professional motorcycle rider turned bank robber (Ryan Gosling) runs into a rookie police officer (Bradley Cooper). Co-stars Ray Liotta and Eva Mendes.... More

Luke (Gosling) forsakes his life on the road - as a motorbike stunt performer - to settle down and support his newborn son and former lover, Romina (Mendes). When his new employer (Ben Mendelsohn) discovers Luke’s talents, the pair partner up in a string of spectacular bank robberies. But as Luke crosses paths with Avery Cross (Cooper) - an ambitious rookie cop navigating a local police department ruled by the menacingly corrupt detective Deluca (Liotta) - their violent confrontation spirals into a tense generational feud.Hide

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Ryan Gosling has seduced the Tumblrverse but it seems he has a hold on directors too. The Gos reprises the role of muse for Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance, glowering as the troubled pivot of this father-son epic and doling out a gut-grabbing, moving performance as a staunch motorcycle stunt rider.... More

Too often we see loser dads on screen wilfully abandoning their children and responsibilities. The Place Beyond the Pines bucks this with dads desperately trying to do their best for their offspring, despite their own shortcomings. Sure, there are fantastic action set pieces with bank busts, speeding motorbikes and police chases, but the soul of the film lies in its emotional drive and that’s what propels the story along, even when the structure rides roughshod over convention. It’s a film of two halves with Bradley Cooper making a late entrance as the conflicted hero and, like Gosling, impressively flexing his leading man acting moves.

Cianfrance stretches the scope of the film well beyond crime thriller, reaching for an almost operatic scale commentary on consequences and legacy. It’s ambitious, self-conscious and overegged at times, but there is enough grit and uniformly strong showings from the star supporting cast (Ray Liotta, Eva Mendes and Australian Ben Mendelsohn cementing his Hollywood breakthrough off the back of Animal Kingdom) to pack a poignant punch.Hide


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BY Rhys-Rushton superstar

cop and are forced to work with each other.
I'm sorry but Ryan Gosling has cemented himself into roles that demand a cool and sinister bad boy. TPBTP is another clear example of the lethal trance Gosling is able to put you into while portraying characters you know you shouldn't like because of their lack of social and moral standing but you just can't help it.

TPBTP is a welcome reprieve from your standard thriller with a story-line that unfolds casually like a good book. The action is paced... More but well linked to the plot in a movie that keeps you guessing on how everything links together.

Overall this movie has a dark message and a character that resonates with me on a cerebral level with a haunting soundtrack. A 4/5 from me.Hide


BY JackWallace superstar

The Place Beyond the Pines is an ambitious and riveting crime drama. One of the best films of the year. Filmmaking doesn't get much better than this. I was hooked from the first frame, with Ryan Gosling as Luke Glanton, a carnival motorcycle stunt rider, covered with tattoos and flicking a switchblade. Blue Valentine director, Derek Cianfrance does a fantastic job, and I'm interested to see his other work. The cinematography and music is stunning. Excellent performances all around. Ryan Gosling... More amazes me yet again, giving a similar performance to his role in Drive. A silent and mysterious character that lashes out violently. He makes you think weather he's the good guy or the bad guy. This is the best Bradley Cooper has ever been as Avery Cross, a police officer troubled after called a hero for something he regret. Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn and Dane DeHaan are all very good in there roles. At 140 minutes, some may find the long running time tedious and stretched-out. Even though the third act wasn't as strong as the first and second, it always kept my attention on it's unpredictable storytelling. The Place Beyond the Pines is one of the most essential movies of the year.Hide


BY harryb nobody

The acting was good but this was an old 1970's story line. Over all it was a good movie but not a five star rating.


...to the seasonal glut of CG VFX blockbusters, and the perfect primer to the upcoming buffet of quality viewing that is the annual NZIFF. Unusual in its structure, and full of surprises. Not what I was expecting from having seen the trailer - and I mean in this in the most complimentary way possible. Although just under 2.5 hrs running-time, it felt a lot longer - and this is a good thing. Will be recommending this to many..


BY iChild grader

From the way that the trailer was cut, but thought it was a great movie. Really enjoyed it.


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The Press Reviews

  • In trying to tell an enormous amount of story it can spread itself too thin and leave some strands feeling unfinished, but when it's at its best, this is beautiful and bold filmmaking. Full Review

  • Gosling gives his most open and engaging performance yet, his sleepy, woozy mannerisms developing into a complex interior world of hurt, resentment and disappointment. Full Review

  • A somber and striking drama that takes some wrong turns but features a charismatic performance from Ryan Gosling in the leanest and best of its three sections. Full Review

  • The movie is intimate in its telling, sweeping in its issues and stumbles only occasionally. Full Review

  • If, in the end, the film can't quite sustain its epic vision, it does, along the way, achieve the density and momentum of a good novel. Full Review

  • Carefully observed and consistently compelling, it feels like an instant American classic, if a minor one. Full Review

  • Swathes of originality outweigh the odd recourse to cliché; and the merit of the storytelling at times matches the film's colossal ambition. Full Review

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