“Carefully observed and consistently compelling, it feels like an instant American classic.”~Time Out
Aroview: Ryan Gosling re-teams with the dir. of BLUE VALENTINE for this equally arresting crime saga that unfolds after a motorcycling drifter's dalliance into the dangerous world of heists in an effort to support his newly discovered infant son.
Containing a few narrative surprises, this best showcases the writer-director's gift for extending scenes for dramatic nuance and he excels at giving his actors plenty to work with and explore, giving the characters a gratifying depth in a relatively short space of screen time. While the ambitious structure's reach may ultimately exceed its grasp, it remains a bold, sincere and intriguingly ambiguous crime film, with an over-arching theme of fatherhood and legacy.
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5 stars (Exceptional) One of my favourite films of 2012, The Place Beyond the Pines is brutally gripping and emotional, with one of the best opening sequences in memory, outstanding performances, and a memorable story. ~Tom H
5 stars (Exceptional) ~mvvm
5 stars (Exceptional) Some movies are obsessed with the trivial. This one goes right to the heart. Shakespearean in scope. Multi-generational story of crime and redemption. Astonishing. One of the best. ~Anon
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