A motorcycle stunt rider makes an ill-fated decision to commit a crime in order to support his child. The dire consequences of his actions and those of the policeman who targeted him, reverberate in the following years.
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I tried for a while to figure out if there was some meat around the bone here; after all, there was a forest involved and, since the Middle Ages, forests are places where mysteries dwell. But almost nothing. Maybe a double father/son relationship, maybe a problem with disappearing mothers, maybe.... no, nothing. The director is satisfied with his story and doesn't care for a second degree. Already forgotten.
This film starts out so promising, and I was very intrigued by the bleak, blue-collar aesthetic. A film I thought would feature Ryan Gosling, who seemed very much in his element, progressively gets worse after the first "movement." The final third contained laughably serendipitous moments that completely dissolves any sense of realism established earlier in the film.
The problem is that it's less "a movie in three acts" and more "three different screenplays that happen to be the same movie." There are some astounding moments, but as a cohesive unit it falters. I will say that Movie #2 is pretty fucking great, though.
One of the worst films to be released in America in the new century. The level of pretension is absurd and hilarious. It feels like it was made by a guy who thinks he's seen it all. He really hasn't and what's worse is that what he really has to say is disgusting and awful (mothers are evil, pre-deterministic nature vs. nurture bs, Hitler would love this movie) Cianfrance just doesn't get it; life or filmmaking.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Maybe I liked The Place Beyond the Pines as much as I did because of my lack of expectations. Each act was more impressive than the one before it. Not a bad performance to be found, but for as much as Bradley Cooper continues to blow me away, Dane DeHaan stole the show. Mike Patton's score was so good I almost forgot he did it.
There is something almost epic about Derek Cianfrance's family drama that follows the devastating trickle down effects of crime, corruption, and deceit, from a small time bank robber and an ambitious cop to their teenage children. The film spans 15 years, and can be split into three distinct segments, but it never feels disjointed. It's a gripping, morally complex, and emotionally resonant thriller.
I think everyone agrees that the movie doesn't hold up that well after de death of Gosling's character and the end was sort of anticlimactic, despite of the tension created and the tragedy being almost visible on the horizon. Nevertheless it's a very strong movie, that I enjoyed to watch and that was able to keep me guessing the whole time. Nice cast, great visuals, good soundtrack. All in all a good movie.
Highly ambitious, Cianfrance has crafted an engaging, sometimes baffling look at fate, choice and hereditary with solid performances and daring lensing. A little into the 2nd POV shift my interest waned, thankfully restored with the 3rd shift. However, being driven by clever structure rather than by character there is a risk of detracting with a visible smugness in the same way that Rust and Bone does. 3.5 stars