The Place Beyond The Pines is a drama film starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Ray Liotta and Eva Mendes. This highly anticipated movie is directed by Derek Cianfrance who is known for the movie Blue Valentine. The story of The Place Beyond The Pines revolves around the actions of Luke (Gosling), a motorcycle rider who committed a crime in order to support his child. This decision made him a target by a policeman Avery (Cooper) and now the two are locked on a collision course that will bring about a devastating consequence on their lives. The Place Beyond The Pines is scheduled to have a limited screening this Friday, March 29th 2013. Check out the movie review for this new film below:
“Putting Society Under a Microscope with The Place Beyond The Pines
Violence is the trigger in “The Place Beyond the Pines,”Derek Cianfrance’s latest love letter to bad breaks. But it’s the ripple effect of responsibility, regret, limited resources and guilt that makes “Pines” particularly relevant in a time when so many struggle from paycheck to paycheck.
Starring Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, Ray Liotta and Dane DeHaan, the movie is intimate in its telling, sweeping in its issues and stumbles only occasionally.
The idiosyncratic Cianfrance tends to gravitate toward the economically challenged who live lives of desperation. It’s a cultural slice that seems as forgotten by cinema as by society, those carrying a deep longing for the American dream of home and family, and a deep resentment that it is out of reach.
Ambition — either too much or too little of it — shadows the writer-director’s work too.
Those themes certainly drive “The Place Beyond the Pines” down some extremely rough roads and make it a logical follow-up to Cianfrance’s critically acclaimed “Blue Valentine.” The 2010 film about the implosion of a marriage undone by a class divide and money woes earned Michelle Williams an Oscar nomination for her young mother with med-school dreams and featured Gosling in a standout performance as the high-school dropout she’s grown beyond.
This time, it is fathers and sons and their tortured bonds that are examined.
Instead of the serenity and contentment suggested by the title, Cianfrance has created a troubling trilogy on the legacy of one brutal encounter that cuts a destructive path through multiple lives.
The first of “Pines’” three stories is Luke’s (Gosling). Cianfrance carefully stacks the deck against the motorcycle stunt rider, and ultimately everyone else in turn. Hair bleached nearly white, Luke is a sinewy, tattooed daredevil whose cage-riding thrills are the main attraction in a traveling carnival.
Romina (Mendes), a lean beauty with bruised eyes and a perpetual pout, shows up one night and life shifts. It takes a while to find that their hook-up the last time he was in town produced a son.
Trouble comes when Luke decides he wants to become a good father to tiny Jason. But that will require insinuating himself into Romina’s already settled life, which includes better husband prospects in Kofi (Mahershala Ali).
Luke needs help, and Robin, portrayed by the excellently scruffed-up Ben Mendelsohn, becomes his bailout. Robin, whose cigarettes hang so precariously they seem to defy gravity, is a fan of Luke’s — admiring the risk-taker he wishes he was.”
The entire review can be read at The Los Angeles Times by clicking this link
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