Directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) & featuring an acclaimed cast,the film follows the lives of five major characters as they intertwine across different time periods in the city of Schenectady, New York. The films begins with Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling) a motorcycle star within a carnival. Upon returning to the city he discovers he has a one year old son with Romina (Eva Mendes) who he had a relationship prior.Shortly afterwards, Glanton makes the decision to raise his son,but discovers the money problems in raising a child. In order to make money fast, Glanton begins to rob banks within the local area.This leads into the story of Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper) a young police officer,who after receiving an injury in the line of duty,tries to become the local District Attorney. The final act follows Glanton & Cross,s grown sons (Dane Dehaan) & (Emory Cohen) meeting in school & discovering how they are connected.
Upon hearing such positive reaction to this film from various film sources,i was hoping for a similar experience. I am pleased to say this film, not withstanding small problems is a must see.First off the acting is great all round, stand outs being Gosling,Dehaan & Cooper (who gives possibly the best performances of his career). The story telling is unique (in a positive way) as it splits the film into three major parts which all blend together. The way the film was shot using conventional camera work along with police car cam footage is an excellent blend. Motifs used include a motorcycle & the camera following a character as they walk.Small negatives are the casting & character of Cross,s son.The character is very unlikeable & the actor does not look young enough to be a high school student.
Despite this The Place Beyond the Pines has great acting (most notable from Bradley Cooper) , is shot very well & an interesting plot keeping you interested for the entire screen time.
5 Stars *****