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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BY Frances Morton Flicks Writer
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
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
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...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..
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