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.
Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death.
Nicolas Winding Refn
Kristin Scott Thomas,
It's 1949 Los Angeles, the city is run by gangsters and a malicious mobster, Mickey Cohen. Determined to end the corruption, John O'Mara assembles a team of cops, ready to take down the ruthless leader and restore peace to the city.
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
Ryan Gosling had to learn how to ride a motorcycle for his role. He learned it from Rick Miller, who also had done a lot of the rides in the Batman Movies. See more »
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He's my son and I should be around him. I wasn't around my Dad and look at the fuckin' way I turned out.
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This is my first and probably only review on IMDb. Like I reckon many other people, I use this website to evaluate the potential of me liking a movie or not. As such, I have no idea how this one can have the high rating that it has as of today. I tried to like the movie, I really did try - only to end up being mad at how I wasted my time with something so utterly irrelevant I still can't believe it.
The movie basically is split into 3 different stories, starting with a motocross biker (Gosling) who left his girlfriend only to find out later that he has a son with her. Since he is no part of their life anymore, he wishes to support him financially and starts robbing banks. Eventually the second part of the story takes over, which revolves around the cop (Cooper) who faces the gangster and from there on solely focuses on him and how he abuses the power of corruption evidence to push his own career. From there on, the sons of the both are the subject of the last part of the tale that find out about the entanglements in their fathers' past.
I found the majority of the protagonists' behaviour incredibly irreproducible and implausible. Cooper gets hailed as a hero but obviously can't deal with his own guilt, but he has no balls to stand against what is thrown at him so it all just gets worse. Yet in the end he turns a cold-hearted career bitch out of a sudden which so collides with his previous behavior I have no words for it. Why that is never explained. This is only one example of the oh so many, I'm getting tired to even think about them.
After a while, I just lost interest. I wanted to see how it ended, but I couldn't care less for any of the characters. I forced myself to sit through it all, but boy I wished I would have walked away. Everything about this movie made ma angry. The acting by the sons and Gosling's partner is so clichéd and over the top, it hurts. Did I mention they are constantly smoking just for the heck of it? Constantly doing drugs for absolutely no reason? Anyways, I cannot recommend this movie to anybody, not even hardcore Gosling or Cooper fans. It's utterly boring and meaningless BS. Please do not watch it.
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