Written and directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) comes a gripping thriller with an all-star cast: The Place Beyond The Pines
Mysterious and mythical motorcycle racer, Luke (Ryan Gosling), desperately tries to connect with a former lover, Romina (Eva Mendes), who secretly gave birth to the stunt rider's son. In an attempt to provide for his new family, Luke quits the carnival life and commits a series of bank robberies aided by his superior riding ability. The stakes rise as Luke is put on a collision course with an ambitious police officer, Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper), looking to quickly move up the ranks in a police department riddled with corruption.
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* Deleted Scenes
* Going to The Place Beyond the Pines Featurette
* Feature Commentary with director Derek Cianfrance
Classical themes--of fate and fatherhood, ambition and inheritance, revenge and regret--lie at the heart of The Place Beyond The Pines
, Derek Cianfrance’s marathon crime drama about three generations of mid-tier American life. Ryan Gosling brings his trademark mythic cool to the central role of ‘Handsome Luke’ Glanton, a drifting stunt-bike rider who rolls into town only to lose Eva Mendes and his young son to a steady middleclass breadwinner. Tortured by male instinct, Luke puts his biking skills to work in a string of bank heists, raising enough cash to skip town in search of a better life for his family. In his way is Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper), a straight-arrow cop whose sympathies for Gosling’s right to fatherhood are a wellspring of his own parental guilt. Fate is a plague on both their houses: Luke and Avery are prisoners of their inheritance, and are in turn the defining force in their sons’ destinies, which--after an innocent adolescent friendship--separate explosively along family lines. The rival sides are neatly backlit by the town of Schenectady--a fading photograph of late-night diners, white churches and leafy graveyards, and whose translated Mowhawk name gives the film its title. It’s a small stage for an epic drama, with nowhere for Avery’s political ambition and Luke’s local celebrity to co-exist peacefully in the present or in the past. Male introspection and bruised machismo comes easily to Gosling and Cooper, and--with crackling support from Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn and Emory Cohen--The Place Beyond The Pines
is both a heavyweight crime thriller and a postcard from small-town America in all its pain and beauty. --Leo Batchelor