The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

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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.


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14 April 2013 | napierslogs
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| A story of trashy criminals and dirty cops evolving into one about fathers and sons and life
What he have here is a story about fathers and their sons. In fact, three separate stories - each one leads into the next. A lesser movie would have just told one story, but "The Place Beyond the Pines" is larger in scope and needs all three parts to tell the complete story. A life is not just about your life but those you affect and those you leave behind for years to come.

The first father is Luke (Ryan Gosling) who didn't know he had a son until a girl whose name he happens to remember shows up with a one year- old son. Prior to that moment he was a daredevil with no ambitions, no money, and no care for his life. Now he's a father. A father with no money nor job. Wearing a dirty, inside-out, torn t-shirt and tattoos covering his arms, neck and face, he is the epitome of trash. But you know, the quiet, reserved, soulful, good-looking trash. And now that he's a father, he's going to care for his son however he can. He hooks up with his partner in crime, literally - Robin (Ben Mendelsohn). Together they are like a Hall & Oates version of Bonnie and Clyde.

In Schenectady, New York - the place beyond the pines - the only thing dirtier than the trashy criminals are the cops themselves. And then the second father is introduced. The character of Avery (Bradley Cooper) is carefully crafted into what should be the greatest human being on planet Earth. And he's a cop. And he's a father. And he's a son to a father who might have been but probably wasn't the greatest human being on planet Earth.

The film went for editing and filming styles to echo the characters' situations and actions. You can guess what that would look like when Gosling is racing through the forest on his motorcycle. But as we approach the more expansive ending, there are some beautiful shots of the trees lining Schenectady's countryside roads. That works particularly well with Cooper giving a remarkable performance of Avery constantly coming to grips with his life.

The final act tells a story very different from, but completely connected to, the two that came before it. It could have been tightened up a bit, but "The Place Beyond the Pines" isn't telling a quick story. It's telling the story of multiple lives, of death, family, love, honour and obedience. Employing overall themes of revenge, ambition, and what it means to be a father, and a son. I say it succeeds in its larger scope, even if it doesn't just tell a story the way one would want it to.

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Like in his previous film, Blue Valentine (2010), Derek Cianfrance gave his cast members opposing direction to coax conflict. In the case of the scene when Luke tries to give Romina money after assaulting her boyfriend, Cianfrance told Eva Mendes to avoid taking the money at all costs, and Ryan Gosling to give her the money by any means necessary before she drove off. After four takes of Gosling unsuccessfully attempting to get the bag of money to Mendes, Gosling stepped in front of the car and put his head by the wheel. A flustered Mendes, who Cianfrance recalled wasn't a good driver, confused the brake with the gas and nearly ran Gosling over. Mendes naturally began to scream and freak out and Gosling, unharmed, stuck to throwing the money in the back seat in the final take.


Quotes

Robin: That guy's your Dad. That's him there.
Robin: And that's the pig there, the one that pegged him.
Jason: What happened to him?
Robin: Who, the cop? Forget about him man. Don't start there, I'll show you good things. I'll show you good things...


Goofs

While most of the money shown taken in the bank robberies were of the correct design for the time period (the first act was set in 1997), there is a scene in Avery's garage that shows a stack of stolen $20s. The bill on top is a redesigned $20 with the large head portrait, which was not introduced until 1998.


Soundtracks

Ninna Nanna Per Adulteri
Written and performed by
Ennio Morricone
Courtesy of EMI General Music Publishing Srl

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Genres

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

19 April 2013

Language

English, Spanish


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Glenville, New York, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$279,457 31 March 2013

Gross USA:

$21,403,519

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,052,899

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