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Posted on 5/12/13 11:56 PM
I quickly fell into a trance after watching the first scene of this film, a long tracking shot follows luke (Gosling) through a busy carnival where he enters a arena with a crowed cheering. He greets two fellow bike riders as they move in on there stunt defying act. After the magic of this scene i was exited for what i was up for. The film making was flawless the sounds were intriguing and piercing the cinematography was stunning and at times reminded did me of the greats. All this was captured in one scene, and as the movie moves on it slowing grips you a tightens you until (for me) was a bittersweet end.
This film is divided into 3 different parts. Part one follows Luke played wonderfully by Ryan gosling, he rides a motorcycle for stunts at carnival where he runs into a old lover played by Eva Mendes who also gives her best performance yet. Luke discovers that she has his baby, he quickly feels like he needs to provide for her and his son. He does this by robbing banks and trying to give the money to his family. After robbing a bank he finds him self cornered by Avery play by Bradly Cooper. When there lives cross it kicks into part two, where it follows Averys life after being pronounced a "hero" where he is centered with what he did, and what he figures out his fellow police officers are doing illegally. We then for the last part watch the kids of avery and luke meet and fall to a friendship. And we can see how these two family's are connected through a devastation and how they try to flee from what there fate is.
This film is powerful, tracing how past sins can evoke and carry for many generations. Its raw and gritty and very real in they way that you will always find the truth and your not just going get over it, it always going to be apart of your fate. That rings true to the people who caused and the people who are eventually going to be effected by it. It shows the hard side of family, Fatherhood, and fate. And is a masterful film.