THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
MARCH 30, 2013

Don’t let the two-hour and twenty-minute run-time frighten you away. Derek Cianfrance (“Blue Valentine”) uses every last frame of that run-time to create a masterpiece of drama. Ryan Gosling is easily one of the best actors of his time, making the persona Luke, a motorcycle stuntman who finds out he has a son from a one-time fling with Eva Mendes. There’s no surprise that Gosling knocks this role out of the park, but one surprise performance does come out of this film from Ben Mendelsohn (“Killing Them Softly”), who plays backwoods mechanic, Robin, who befriends Luke.

In an attempt to show Romina (Mendes) he’s taking the kid seriously, Luke ventures out with his “particular skill set” to rob banks to provide for his son, thus bringing in Bradley Cooper’s character, a cop named Avery. This epic genre spans multiple generations and brings a shattering performance from Dane DeHaan, for who I have high hopes for now. “The Place Beyond The Pines” is visually stunning, especially when venturing into the pines. It is also poetic and crosses through several different moral predicaments and social themes. Cianfrance brings to light both performances and stories, taking dramatic storytelling to an entirely new level.

RELEASE DATE
March 29, 2013

DIRECTOR
Derek Cianfrance

WRITTEN BY
Derek Cianfrance
Ben Coccio
Darius Marder

STUDIO
Focus Features

R
(for language throughout, some violence, teen drug and alcohol use, and a sexual reference)

CRIME
DRAMA
THRILLER

140 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Sean Bobbitt

COMPOSER
Mike Patton

EDITOR
Jim Helton
Ron Patane

CAST
Ryan Gosling
Bradley Cooper
Eva Mendes
Ray Liotta
Ben Mendelsohn
Rose Byrne
Mahershala Ali
Bruce Greenwood
Harris Yulin

PRODUCED BY
Sidney Kimmel
Jamie Patricof
Lynette Howell
Alex Orlovsky

BUDGET
$15 million

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