Dan's Review of The Place Beyond The Pines
A riveting, intense look at parenting and providing for one's family concerning a motorcycle stunt rider (Ryan Gosling) and how he turns to robbing banks to provide for his one-year old son, the cop (Bradley Cooper) who becomes entangled in tracking him down while struggling with police corruption in his facility, and how the two's paths cross in multiple ways. Yet another gem of a film from Derek Cianfrance ("Blue Valentine"), a movie that leaves you with a lot to chew on and talk about, all while providing ample character development and shocking twists and turns in the story. The way it hooks and connects multiple characters is really impressive, all while maintaining a sense of realism despite all the madness. Perhaps the finest hour for Gosling, who is dynamite, and the cast all-around is just excellent (especially little-known actor Ben Mendelsohn as Gosling's wingman in crime). But most importantly, it is a movie that has a lot of good lessons to teach about good people making bad decisions that ultimately end up costing them more than what they could possibly fathom. A masterpiece.