Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn, Rose Byrne, Mahershala Ali, Bruce Greenwood, Dane DeHaan, Emory Cohen, Harris Yulin, Robert Clohessy, Olga Merediz
A motorcycle stunt rider (Ryan Gosling) 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 cop (Bradley Cooper) navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.
A few years ago I tried to watch this film, but I gave up after 10 minutes. I should have left that way. The Place Beyond The Pines is a way too ambitious attempt at making a family drama, that turned out to be not a bad film, but three bad films.
The trailer for this film is very misleading, because there’s a lot more going on than Ryan Gosling being a badass. In fact, there are three stories, each with its own main characters, that despite being linked to the same event, the all thing seems forced.
The film starts pretty good – the first story is absorbing, Gosling’s character is developed, and the chasing scene is quite good -, but when the motorcycle rider gets killed, the film dies with him.
The film doesn't find its center, the dirty cops topic is not well-developed as it deserved to be – or as I was hoping -, and there's to much cod-psychology about fathers and sons.
The acting could have been a lot better. Despite the great performances by Ryan Gosling as the motorcycle rider, and Eva Mendes as Romina, the rest of the cast is just disappointing - I was expecting more from Bradley Cooper, who didn’t even successfully manage to cry.
Last words. Derek Cianfrance should have stuck to making a solid thriller, and if only he wasn't trying so hard to be a great filmmaker, maybe the result would have been better that this.