Movie Reviews: The Place Beyond the Pines

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Four stars.

2012, 141 min., written and directed by Derek Cianfrance.

Luke (played by Ryan Gosling) works the carnival circuit in New York as a motorcycle stunt rider, and on a visit to occasional lover, Romina (played by Eva Mendes), discovers that he has fathered a baby son. In order to support his family, he decides to use his superior motorcyclist skills in several bank heists. After a heist gone bad, he is eventually cornered, shot, and killed by Avery (played by Bradley Cooper), an ambitious rookie cop, working in a small city corrupt police department. This triggers a series of events (having implications for both families and careers), and after some years, Avery advances through the ranks, becoming the Troy Attorney General, and is in the midst of a political campaign. Meanwhile, his estranged and troubled son, AJ, befriends Jason (who it turns out is the son of Luke), as they deal with their haunted pasts and legacies. A bit long, but a rewarding experience! View the record for The Place Beyond the Pines.

Les Kong, Coordinator of the Library Multi Media Center (PL-5005), and longtime Alfred Hitchcock fan, reviews movies from the library’s collection. The opinions expressed are his alone.

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