Since writing for Sydney Social 101 I have always reviewed action, comedy or sci-fi so it was a nice change to see a drama for once.
The film follows two families from two very different backgrounds. Ryan Gosling plays ‘Luke’ who is a motorcycle stunt rider who works in a travelling circus. The circus comes back to a town and where he quickly finds out that he had got Eva Mendes ‘Romina’ pregnant and now has a child. He does the right thing to quit, stay in the town and get a job to help pay for his son. Obviously walking back in Romina’s life isn’t going to be as easy as he thinks. To bring the money in quicker he turns to bank robbing, using his motorcycle skills to escape.
The second family belongs to Bradley Cooper ‘Avery’ who also has a young son and a much better upbringing . Avery is a rookie cop and without any spoilers he comes in to contact with Luke due to his bank robbing. His story looks in to the corrupt police force in his town. Ray Liotta is one of the cops and puts in his usual performance.
The film seems to be split in to three sections. Luke’s story, Avery’s story and 15 or so years on. Between the first two sections, the main characters rarely come in to contact and it does feel like three separate films. Though it is great how the film ends and seems to come full circle.
Ryan Gosling is fantastic as Luke. It is really hard deciding weather to like or hate his character but Ryan gives an awesome performance. It was great to see Bradley Cooper play a serious part for once and I am sure he will now be given many more opportunities.
Be prepared for a very early shock in the film. You wont believe when it happens but it nicely sets the scene for the rest of the film. It is a moving film and does make you think a lot about relationships within your own family.
SydneySocial101 gives ‘The Place Beyond The Pines’ 7.5/10. Syrus Wynne attended the screening on behalf of Sydney Social 101.