Director: Derek Cianfrance
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Bruce Greenwood, Ray Liotta
A mysterious and mythical motorcycle racer, Luke, drives out of a traveling carnival globe of death and whizzes through the backstreets of Schenectady, New York, desperately trying to connect with a former lover, Romina, who recently and 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, looking to quickly move up the ranks in a police department riddled with corruption. The sweeping drama unfolds over fifteen years as the sins of the past haunt the present days lives of two high school boys wrestling with the legacy they've inherited. The only refuge is found in the place beyond the pines.
This movie was made so well that at times it looks real, or something that you have seen before at some point in time. The movie started out robbing banks to dirty police, then to a son growing up getting into trouble. When you first start watching this movie, you have no idea of what is going to happen during the movie. You really have to stay with the movie and pay attention to it.
The story takes a look at several different people, good and bad, and how they are connected through the years. There are so many different levels of corruption from the police and other family members.
This movie has a large cast of some talented actors, along with some new up and coming names. Ryan Gosling did look ridiculous with all of those tattoos all over him. He has too much of a squeaky clean image in movies that the look did not fit him well at all. All of the cast performed their roles very well.
This is a good movie. It may not be for everyone, but it is good. The pace may seem a little slow at times, but it is one of those movies that you really have to stick with. Enjoy.
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) Trailer