The Place Beyond The Pines 2012

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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 riders son. In an attempt to provide for his new family, Luke commits a series of bank robberies aided by his superior riding ability.

Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper
2 hours 20 minutes

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The Place Beyond The Pines

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Director Derek Cianfrance
Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper
Supporting actors Rose Byrne, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Dane DeHaan, Bruce Greenwood, Ben Mendelsohn, Harris Yulin, Mahershalalhash Ali
Studio StudioCanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Jun 2013
Format: DVD
Luke (Ryan Gosling) is a bad boy motorcycle rider who travels with a circus and has one night stands. Eva Mendes was one of those conquests. A year or so later they meet again. She has his child and a boyfriend (Mahershala Ali). Luke doesn't want to be an absentee father and forces his way into their life through gifts which he pays for with his newly acquired bank robbing addiction.

About 50 minutes into the film, we are introduced another main character, policeman Avery (Bradley Cooper). Then act three start about 40 minutes later (16years or so) with all the children grown and only Eva Mendes among the adults looking any older.

The ending is supposed to be heart warming, but doesn't make it. The film is long, but it is not deep. The action moves like a man running with one shoe nailed in place. I never felt for any of the characters. The scene with Bradley Cooper crying was just horrible. That was grade B acting topping off a stiff performance. Gosling on the other hand gave us a strong performance and Mendes was never developed. What was her problem? She wants him, she doesn't want him, she wants him, she doesn't want him.

It wants to cycle back, but then sputters, it doesn't take off. It might make do for a Redbox rental.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, after sex scene, no nudity.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Aug 2013
Format: Blu-ray
A Place Beyond The Pines is a slow burning drama about love, fatherhood and consequences. The story is in three distinct parts starting with Ryan Gosling finding out he has a child. He travels with a fair, performing motorbike tricks. A year ago he had a fling with a local resident which resulted in his son being born. He doesn't know this until he returns with the fair and bumps into her again.

And so begins the catalyst of the story. The first part is purely setting up the scenario for the consequences of each characters actions to follow. Arguably the first hour is the most gripping and entertaining. Ryan Gosling is a force to be reckoned with and holds the screen with a dominance rarely seen these days. His dogged and cack-handed pursuit to be the best father possible leads him down the wrong road and he ends up robbing banks. He is someone you are willing to do the right thing but also someone you know is just never going to get off this road.

Ultimately his fate sets in motion the events of the rest of the film. We next follow Bradley Cooper's cop, Avery. This is where the film loses momentum and takes a distinctly different turn. This part shows a man broken by recent events and struggling to come to terms with his actions. When he realises that there are members of the force who like to dabble in some extra-curricular activities he decides to take this to his chief who promptly tells him to bury it. His faith in justice is waning and he decides to look out for himself and uses his knowledge and position to get himself promoted.

Bradley Cooper does well to present a man teetering on the edge but the story isn't as engaging. It drags a little and only picks up when Avery decides he has had enough and wants look out for number one.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
I've read some reviews of `The Place Beyond the Pines' where people have either loved it, or wanted to turn it off after ten minutes. I have to say that I kind of agree with both sides. I wanted to turn it off after ten minutes, but decided to stick with it and I'm glad I did.

It's no big secret that the film is - loosely - split into three acts, each focusing on one person out of an overall story which covers all three. How much you like it will depend on which character you find the most interesting. Personally, I found Bradley Cooper's story the most engaging, therefore I enjoyed the film because of the middle segment, but everyone will have their own favourite.

Oddly enough, most people like Ryan Gosling's character/segment the best, but I found it a bit of a chore. I definitely think there's a good movie here, but most people will probably prefer one or two of the segments more interesting than the remaining one.

It's not a short film, so be prepared for a bit of a sit-in to fully appreciate it. Plus there are a few bits that slow the pace down a little. However, I felt - when the tension finally builds - that it's a pretty impressive (and even bold?) piece of film-making which deserve to be enjoyed (but possibly not by everyone).
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It is certainly not a heavy weight crime thriller as described above. However it is an inter-generational tale of "bad genes" and "bad nurture" passed down the line. As such it certainly hangs together if in a slightly artificial way. From a plot point of view it could never aspire to be a great film, but is nonetheless, slick and polished (for example the soundtrack and music are just right) fascinating, current and contains a few intense performances (and all above average) the acting being the best part of it.

Out of the cast, the always charismatic Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, darkly sinister Ray Liotta and even the edgy Ryan Gosling, are too much within their acting comfort zones to offer the nth degree over and above sterling commitment to their parts - the trailer and their comments rather confirm that!

It is rather the secondary roles that emerge as compelling and in particular the two off spring, who carry the can: Dane Dehaan (a latter day James Dean who in my opinion walks away with the film) searingly intense and Emery Cohen, slimely corrupt, with a passing resemblance to that obnoxious millionaire heir on Dr Drew's "Celebrity Re Hab", Jason somebody or other, and this is my abiding overall impression of the film.

Director Cianfrance is obviously trying to say something and it must be something like this: if his country is only 5 per cent similar to this story then - boy - we are all in a lot of trouble! Pervasive, endemic corruption and immorality are the order of the day, with little in the way of any self correcting mechanism or heroics to compensate. Indeed, even the notion of heroics is stood on its head. The central characters, the two male leads, are "wrong 'uns" from the start.
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