A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Thomas Bo Larsen,
A mysterious and mythical motorcycle racer, Luke, (Ryan Gosling) drives out of a traveling carnival globe of death and whizzes through the backstreets of Schenectady, New York, desperately trying to connect with a former lover, Romina, (Eva Mendes) who recently and secretly gave birth to the stunt rider's son. In an attempt to provide for his new family, Luke quits the carnival life and commits a series of bank robberies aided by his superior riding ability. The stakes rise as Luke is put on a collision course with an ambitious police officer, Avery Cross, (Bradley Cooper) looking to quickly move up the ranks in a police department riddled with corruption. The sweeping drama unfolds over fifteen years as the sins of the past haunt the present days lives of two high school boys wrestling with the legacy they've inherited. The only refuge is found in the place beyond the pines. Written by
Derek Cianfrance shot 22 takes of Ryan Gosling performing the stunt of speeding the motorcycle past the intersection before 36 cars crashed into one another. Cianfrance originally wanted a stunt double to do it but could not hide the stuntman. He also noted that for each take until Gosling finally got it right, he chewed his shirt in nervousness until there was a hole in it by the time the stunt was over. See more »
In the swimming pool scene, Avery is lit by diffuse skylight as he rests on the edge of the pool. After the last cut to Al, which lasts only a few seconds, Avery is lit by bright sunlight. See more »
[Robin sees Jason holding Luke's old glasses]
Why don't you put the glasses on?
For sure! He would have said they were left there for you. No doubt. Put them on if you want. Go on. Put em' on.
C'mon, I'll tell you.
[Jason puts them on and Robin smiles]
Yeah! You're callin' him back!
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Sad to say but the talents of Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes were completely wasted on this film. There are no characters who are particularly likable (or unlikable) or that are even much deeper than a cardboard cutout. The story is slow, which actually make a little sense since it goes nowhere. Where's the conflict? Hmmmm, not that sure. Any redemption? Not too sure I'm seeing that, either. Any real point at all? No, not really. This is the kind of film that people pretend they like in order to appear sophisticated. It that's you, save yourself the 2+ hours of your life that you'll never get back and just tell people you liked it. You'll thank me.
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