The Place Beyond The Pines – 8.5/10.

Ryan Gosling and Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance reunite for gripping, multi-layered drama The Place Beyond The Pines.


It is difficult to write a synopsis for TPBTP without giving too much of the unique storytelling technique away so I’ll keep it brief. A stunt motorbike rider (Gosling) finds out he has a son and starts robbing banks as a means to support his family. This has grave ramifications spanning many years for everyone involved.
A story of things coming full circle and how one bad decision can wreck your life, it is compelling stuff. Great cast (Gosling, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Bradley Cooper), well acted, very well directed. Cianfrance lets the story breathe without trying to rush to the conclusion and a running time of 2 hours and 20 minutes definitely feels necessary. Totally different to Blue Valentine but just as vital.

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