I caught Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines in Toronto this year and it’s a solid movie, but one that wallows in its misery for so long it began to wear me down. I fully recognize the quality, but it became incredibly hard to enjoy by the end.
The story centers on Luke (Ryan Gosling), a professional motorcycle rider who turns to bank robberies to support his newborn son. He eventually crosses paths with a rookie police officer (Bradley Cooper), which results in a generational conflict that places this one right in the thematic sights of films such as Cloud Atlas and Looper.
Here’s a snippet from my review that will hopefully better explain what I was getting at in the first paragraph:
Focus picked up Place Beyond the Pines and will release it on March 29 and I’ll be curious to see how it does over the course of the year and how it sits with people. This could very easily be an Oscar caliber film for the likes of Gosling and Cooper and offers up another performance from Dane DeHaan that shows he’s well on his way to becoming a reliable actor.
You can read my full review from Toronto here and you can check out the trailer directly below.