The best things in the movie (by order of appearance): *Ryan Gosling and his tattoos * Policeman's despair and psychological difficulties realizing that an innocent boy had to suffer as a result of his actions *Motorcycles Other than what's listed above, it's OK movie at best. Once again it's better not expect anything out of a movie as you may get disappointed along the way. The beginning was strong though...
The characters, the place, the music, the vibe...it all comes together to create a stunning film and Cianfrance's direction is masterful. The story does lose a little vitality once Gosling's character is out of the picture but even upon second viewing, this is a film that stands out.
Con mia enorme sorpresa, il film risulta interessante finché il perno degli avvenimenti rimane Luke, per poi scemare irrimediabilmente in un mare di banalitá nel momento del cambio di protagonista. La fotografia è sostanziosa e curata per tutto il film, cosí come regia e colonna sonora, ma purtroppo il soggetto diventa debolissimo e spesso prevedibile, per sfociare in un finale biavo e fiacco.
La primera parte de la película es de una potencia incuestionable. La segunda parece un homenaje pasado por agua al Sidney Lumet de Serpico y El Principe de la Ciudad. Con el último tercio todo se va al diablo por culpa de unos giros y casualidades dignos de un culebrón.
"The duality of man" A trite message in cinema, one that is often poorly executed by writers and directors that hardly scratch the surface of the concept. This is not the case here. While at times this theme is made far to obvious the film does present it in a grounded and realistic fashion. 4 stars the first time I watched 3 stars all the other times
Starts off promising and with some amazing shots, good pace and all, but after the first turn of events it just starts to become a packed and quickly delivered multi-story with a lot of radical actions or strong emotions by characters that are not grounded in anything we can relate to. Gosling is again unbelievably good.
It goes in the direction that is extraordinarily unlikely, which adds a dose of brutal realism and validity of fable to a level that keeps satisfaction out of something that is supposed to be bleak and downhill. As much as this is a strength, it falls short in the third act with forced acts and wooden characters that are just a shadow of the rich personalities from the first half. Still, exceptional and worthy.