Film Screening 14th August, 2013

Poster for The Place Beyond The Pines

The Place Beyond The Pines 

8:00 PM, 14th August, 2013

  • MA
  • 140 mins
  • 2012
  • Derek Cianfrance
  • Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio, Darius Marder
  • Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta

This film stars Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper. There, review done.

Actually even though I’m a big fan of these actors (both guys are pretty darn hot… just saying… girl reviewer confession) to leave it at that would sell the movie short… which is hard to do given it’s almost two and a half hours long!

The story starts off with Luke, who quits his job after he finds out that his ex-girlfriend was pregnant and had his child. The situation is complicated and in an attempt to take care of his new ‘family’ Luke begins to rob banks – which puts him on a collision course with Avery Cross, Bradley Cooper’s idealistic cop. Not wishing to ruin the plot, I won’t say any more as this film-going experience benefits from not knowing too much. That said, Gosling is fantastic as the perfectly reckless and unsympathetic Luke, with Cooper no less captivating as he delivers one of his best performances to date.

The film unfolds over fifteen years as the sins of the past haunt the present day lives of two high school boys wrestling with the legacy they’ve inherited. It is a long film, so be prepared, but while your butt may not necessarily thank you, the rest of you will have experienced a thought-provoking film exploring guilt, revenge and justice.

Tamara Lee