The Place Beyond the Pines is a 2012 American crime drama film directed by Derek Cianfrance, written by Cianfrance, Ben Coccio, and Darius Marder. It stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, and Ray Liotta. The film reunites Cianfrance and Gosling, who worked together on 2010's Blue Valentine.
So the movie opens up with Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling) a local motorcycle stunt rider who works in a circus and haves some kinda problems with his ex-girlfriend Romina (Eva Mendes) about their newly born baby boy. So in order to build up his potentiality Luke starts to rob banks alongside with his new friend Robin (Ben Mendelsohn). So after a series of incidents, Luke finally gets surrounded by the cops after his robbery and gets shot by Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper) in an exchange of gun shots and ends up being dead.
Now the whole movie links up to Bradley Cooper's story as he suffers with some kinda sorrow and heartache with the whole incident of Luke and will not find contentment in everything he does.
Fifteen years later, Avery now works for public office and the story hauls you to lives of Luke and Avery's sons. How they get related to each other, how did the few mistakes done by their parents effected their lives and so on.
The whole storyline is a sensible thing to deal with, it really enlightens how the silly and foremost things we do effects the lives of our loved ones subsequently. That's just so real and heartfelt and hits you hard after watching the movie.
The characters in the movie were really pragmatic and lifelike. Ryan Gosling had given out an vivid performance. He lived up in his stunt rider kinda character filled up with lots of emotions and feelings in him, felt bad that his character ended up so quickly and in a shocking way. Bradley Cooper delivered an realistic performance, watching him after all the comedic roles this is a pure contrast and really opened up the bright and untold part of him. The movie contracted with his character the most and he really had done justice to it.
Eva Mendes role was the best i've seen from her after many years. She had all the responsibilities and trauma to open up as she mostly transacts with emotional things on her face and those were really close to the heart. Ben Mendelsohn was good in his supporting kinda role with Gosling and he carried out all the things very well on the move.
Director and also the co-writer Derek Cianfrance was exceptional in his work. He really portrayed the things well especially the long duration takes, he imparted freedom to the actors to go deep into the subject and depict them in an sensible way. Few scenes were so realistic that we actually feel that we are somewhere around the things that are happening.
Have to spot out the cinematography of the movie which was lively at times. The scenes related with Gosling motorcycle stunts were shot really well and in an authentic way which was needed when you want to render the perfect feel.
Finally, "The Place Beyond The Pines" is really an terrific movie with all its performances and the storyline. It certainly leaves you thinking about it for a while after you watch the movie.
My Rating - 4/5
Grade - A- (Great)
-By Surya Komal aka KM