The Place beyond the Pines is a thriller that features two of Hollywood’s recent recognisable heartthrobs in Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper and follows the lives of their characters. However, the movie also follows the lives of their character’s sons when they are in their late teenage years thus adding an interesting plot to film critics who have claimed to have seen everything that is done in film.
Unlike the quintessential lothario that associates Gosling’s characters in films like The Notebook and Crazy, Stupid, Love, he plays a tattooed carnival motorcyclist Luke who discovers that he that he is a father after a previous fling with Romina (Eva Mendes). To provide for his son, Luke decides to give up his job to work in a repair shop with a shady figure named Robin (Ben Mendelsohn). Unfortunately, Luke is only paid minimum wage so his employer suggests that the duo work on robbing banks on occasion. A profession that Luke adjusts to quicker that the speed he can ride on his bike.
Cooper is on the other side of crime as rookie officer Avery Cross who was wounded after killing a famous criminal. After being removed from field work by his superior (played by Oz’s Robert Clohessy), Avery realises the corruption taking place by officers he once trusted. With this knowledge, he has to choose whether he would give up his fellow workers or stay quiet to avoid being isolated. Once the arcs of Luke and Avery are complete, the film fast forwards to fifteen years where their sons have grown up dealing with the consequences both fathers have made.
The film is very good at providing an unpredictable storyline. However that storyline would not have been told well without a well written script, nice cinematography and decent acting. Gosling and Cooper both showed once again why they are still talked about in Hollywood with performances that made both Luke and Avery realistic characters to support. Dane DeHaan is fantastic playing the loner son of Luke at the age of 17 while Emory Cohen who plays Avery’s son plays an irritating teen so well this writer wanted to punch the screen every time he saw his face. The main flaw with this film is the fact that it went on for too long. Certain scenes could have been removed and the film would still have provided the audience the vital information.
The Place beyond the Pines is more than just a crime drama to watch. It discusses the importance of parenthood as well the actions adults make will affect the lives of your children. If you are looking for something unpredictable and exciting, this is the film for you. The Place beyond the Pines is a thrilling and emotional piece of cinema that helps us to realise that what we do in life does not just matter to us but also to our future generation especially our children.