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      The Place Beyond The Pines

      The Place Beyond The Pines
      Ryan Gosling teams up once more with his Blue Valentine director, Derek Cianfrance for an emotionally charged drama that takes his audiences to The Place Beyond The Pines.

      We open to darkness, a deep inhale of breath. Slow and drawn it's exhaled and continues in a slow impending manner. The camera follows behind our leading man as he walks from his trailer to the circus tent and the roar of people waiting for "Luke and The Heart Throbs" to perform their death defying three man bike racing ball. Director Derek Cianfrance is not afriad to do things differently and like his last outing with Gosling he know that the intensity is there from the start;quiet and dangerous. Exploring the consequences of motorcycle rider Luke's (Ryan Gosling) fateful decisions that lead to his life intertwining with newly enlisted Cop, Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper).

      Thankfully there is more than meets the eye to this story of bank robbing bandit chased by frustrated rookie cop and the three act film takes some unexpected narrative turns over the 15 years we follow them. Unpicking and wrestling with the legacy of Father's and the ways in which son's deal with what they've inherited, whether it be the shadow cast by an absent father or the pressure of living up to the standards set by an ambitious man, the story is as old as time and a complex one to boot.

      The two male leads depict a powerful story of action and consequence. For Bradley Cooper this is perhaps his most important role yet. Riding high on the wave of Silver Linings Playbook, Cooper is hitting the more serious characters on point and in this he’s superb. Holding his own and matching the intensity set in the first hour by Gosling, who is as ever, endearing even as a chain smoking bad ass with a tattooed face.

      Despite the fact that our two leads are only on screen together for a brief moment, they strike a balance that is much more than just the light and the dark they supposedly represent. 

      The slow, booming soundtrack will haunt you for days and the story even longer.

      The Place Beyond The Pines is a must.

      TONI GARDEN ||