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,
In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.
Robert Downey Jr.,
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 speeding the motorcycle past the intersection before 36 cars crashed into one another. Cianfrance originally wanted a stunt double to do it, but he couldn't 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 »
The sound of the Honda XR motorcycle varies from 2-stroke to 4-stroke and from single cylinder to 4 cylinder throughout the film. See more »
"The Place Beyond the Pines" is a film that haunts and comforts at the same time. So much of our lives are defined by what we have experienced, but we can still choose how we respond to our past.
-Analysis of Notable Works- *Writing/Directing: The way in which the film presents its message is gripping and will stick with the viewer for a long time. It demands to be mulled over for days after watching. The characters are so deeply affected by what they have experienced and who have been put in their lives. This is an important thing to think about for our lives. So much of who we are depends on what we have seen and been through. Director Derek Cianfrance strikes a very powerful chord in this film as he dissects what it means to have identity in life. The things that drive us may not always make sense, but they are there anyway. *Editing/Cinematography: The pacing is absolutely perfect. It feels slow, but in the best way. Every scene is meant to be fully digested and taken in. The world is presented to us in such a detailed way, we begin to care about the same things the characters in the film care about. Cinematographer Sean Bobbitt brings an honest quality to the film. The world is so narrow through the eye of the camera. We are shown the most important parts of the characters' lives, and that makes this film especially powerful and emotionally hard-hitting. *Dialogue/Acting: The interactions between characters is beautifully written and grounded in reality. The entire film feels as if it is a part of the viewer's history. We are drawn in and can easily understand what is happening in the lives of the characters. Ryan Gosling gives an incredible performance as a rugged motor bike stuntman. He is an out-of-place father who desperately wants to start life over. Bradley Cooper performs brilliantly as well. Dane DeHaan and Ben Mendelsohn add powerful performances. The film is well acted all around. *Music/Sound: The soundtrack is absolutely incredible, changing from completely haunting to calming and soothing. It has a wonderful way of making the viewer nostalgic about things in their own lives that relate to that of the characters. The emotions of the characters feel so real and are brought to new heights with the music. The sound design is brilliant and engaging. It adds so much to the film without drawing too much attention to itself. *Production Design/Special Effects: The world that Luke and the people involved with him inhabit feels totally authentic and as if it were a real thing that occurred. The costume design is stunning. The locations and sets are completely engrossing. The special effects work doesn't draw attention to itself. Overall everything is nearly flawless.
*Conclusion: "The Place Beyond the Pines" is a film that will not let the viewer forget it. It stays with the viewer for days and keeps popping back in every now and again. The film is absolutely hauntingly beautiful.
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