Director, Derek Cianfrance brings a unique and intense drama to the screen in The Place Beyond the Pines. The three act structure was executed so well, its genius will stun you. Outstanding performances from a stellar cast, include Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn and Ray Liotta. Definitely not least, younger actors, Dane DeHaan and Emory Cohen also deserve a mention.
Luke (Ryan Gosling) is a motorcycle stunt rider whose life does an about face when his lover, Romina, played by Eva Mendes bears their child. In a desperate attempt to provide for his family, Luke is enticed by Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) into a world that becomes his nemesis. Avery, (Bradley Cooper) enters as a rookie cop who comes to realise, his so called esteemed colleagues are playing by their own rules.
The story spans seventeen years and goes full circle, tying everything together from start to finish. The realism and intensity keeps you glued to the screen. The characters cleverly portray a raw reality that strips them bare of big egos. Ryan Gosling's screen presence is so intensely mesmerising you want him in every scene. The motorbike scenes are fast and exciting. There are so many outstanding performances, you're fixated. A real page turner.
It's hard to say any more without giving it away, although tempted, I have never been one for spoilers. Rather, I hope you will be intrigued enough to be enticed to the big screen. A brilliant drama that reminds us of the legacy we strive to achieve, and the consequences and results of the choices we make along the way. This is one of those movies I could definitely watch again, although nothing beats the first time.