Full Movie Reviews
cinegeek.de - wrote on 04/11/2016
Der Film eröffnet mit einem Mann, dessen Körper übersäht ist mit Tattoos, wie er sich durch einen Karneval kämpft. Schliesslich drückt er sich an seinen Fans vorbei, hin zu einem Metallkäfig. Das ist so ein Anfang, der auf ganz viel schliessen lässt! Niemand würde so etwas inszenieren, hätte er nicht noch eine Menge artifizieller Ideen im Gepäck! Der Mann setzt seinen Helm auf und schwingt sich auf sein Cross-Motorrad. Zusammen mit zwei anderen Fahrern rast er wie irre umher innerhalb des Käfigs. Wieder draussen auf dem Jahrmarkt trifft er Romina (Eva Mendes), mit der er einen One Night Stand hatte. Davon ist mehr als eine Erinnerung geblieben, denn Romina wurde schwanger und zieht jetzt ihren gemeinsamen Sohn gross. Der Stuntfahrer heisst Luke (Ryan Gosling) und versucht …
Yojimbo - wrote on 06/02/2015
A stunt motorcyclist takes to bank robbery to provide for a newborn son he never knew he had with far reaching consequences both for his family and the cop who catches him. Very much a game of two halves, The Place Beyond The Pines consists of two distinct stories; the first stars Ryan Gosling as the would-be bank robber and it is this section which is by far the most interesting. Its combination of domestic drama, crime and character study of a doomed new father who makes all the wrong choices works well and it's a shame that the second part of the film which focuses on Bradley Cooper's ambitious rookie cop and their sons loses its direction. The result is a little like an implausible teen soap opera which fails to convince on any dramatic level and I found my interest in the story …
worleyjamers - wrote on 06/29/2013
Amazing film. After 2010s Blue Valentine, Derek Cianfrance again partners with Ryan Gosling on a film about the workings of the family unit, but this time he focuses on fathers in particular. The film is split into three interrelated storylines, each one so well done and excellently developed that we almost get 3 (great) films at once. At a lengthy 2hrs. 20 minutes, The Place Beyond Pines packs a powerful punch thanks the involving story, perfect performances from the cast, and the flawless direction from Cianfrance. He was somehow able to catch every actor at their absolute best and most realistic moment on camera; the performances are all stunning. Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Dane Dehaan are electric, and Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn round out a stunning …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 06/25/2013
An epic in its own right, just spotless on all accounts. This will have an impact for fathers (as myself who just became one a year ago), kids who remember/have their old man and enjoy a brilliant picture with countless lessons to pick-up from. It is impossible not to get moved from the three stories. The movie is about Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling), a motorcycle stuntman earning minimum wage; former ex-girlfriend Romina (Eva Mendes) and a brave cop namely Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper). Luke finds out he has a son from his former lover. He asks his friend Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) for more money to take care of his son. After-which, he mentions to Luke that he used to be a bank robber. Luke was imprisoned because of assault. Avery is in pursuit of Luke and becomes hospitalized. Peter …
memento_mori - wrote on 06/24/2013
The title of this review may seem somewhat implausible and overbearing to some, but when I think of the first time I watched The Place Beyond the Pines this year, I feel a connection.
This is one of those movies that reminds me why I love going to the cinema, why a movie can be more than entertainment once in a while.
The actors absolutely give themselves to their roles; even more minor characters like the ones of Eva Mendes and Ben Mendelsohn pull off such huge performances. A way too see it may be: they're all in a perfectly functioning clockwork. Each handle moves to every shed of a tear, every hour strikes at a sudden revelation. Every peak in the story is a perfect hit.
Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine was already a great piece bearing the image of marriage. It pondered over …
KingInTheNorth - wrote on 06/24/2013
"The Place Beyond the Pines" stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper Eva Mendes, Dane DeHaan, Bruce Greenwood and Ray Liotta. Directed by Derek Cianfrance.
Ryan Gosling is the motor-bike stunt rider Luke, who works in a circus. On day his former Girlfriend(Eva Mendes) shows up and tells him about their one year old son. Luke wants to take care about him and starts robbing banks.
Bradley Cooper is the cop Avery Cross who keeps making bad decisions throughout his life.
And Dane DeHaan plays a teenager who gets mean to criminal life.
All these stories are connected but I won't tell you how.
Gosling is on fire in this movie, he gives (in my opinion) ^his best performance so far. E´va Mendes as the mother of the child gives a convincing performance. The other supporting actors did a well …
MikePA - wrote on 05/09/2013
The Place Beyond the Pines stars Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, two gifted and dynamic actors who have been doing nothing lately but impressing me by their performances. If you thought Bradley Cooper was great in Silver Linings Playbook, wait until you see him here as a hopeful cop slowly being eaten away by guilt. It takes strength and guts to pull off this role, and Cooper nails it. Same goes to Gosling, whose performance in Drive crowned him as one of my favorite actors.
Director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) makes a rousing, potent drama about the importance of family and decisions, and the fate defying consequences both may have if treated unfairly. It's an epic, gorgeous film - well acted all around, beautifully crafted, well written, unpredictable, and absolutely …
Alex - wrote on 04/14/2013
3 films in one, this is a solid movie in virtually every aspect of film making. Great performances by everyone, particularly Gosling and Cooper.
Story: A great story that spans over 15 years. Gosling is a stunt driver with a mysterious past (no, not like drive at all) and Cooper is a young new police officer with a Royal past. Their lives intermingle at some point and it is very interesting to see it unfold.
Acting: Superb all around. I don't need to say much, but this is a great cast and all of them put on great performances.
Cinematography: Really good. Cianfance is a wiz with the camera. Every shot is purposeful. It is a true artistic movie. The action scenes are shot well and the tension accurately builds. It felt very real.
Music: Solid. The musical score is kind of …
Looneymanthegreat - wrote on 04/12/2013
Did you see drive? Wasn’t it awesome? I absolutely loved it. It was one of the most critically acclaimed movies of 2011, and for good reason it was awesome, and epicly so.
The Place beyond the Pines is sort of like a Drive remake and two spin-off movies squished into a 150 minute time slot.
The first half or so is very much like Drive (with a little blue valentine thrown in for good measure) without any of the style and a fraction of the substance. Of course there are a few differences, for example: our protagonist in “The Pines” is a stupefying good motorcycle rider instead of a stupefying good car driver, but I’ve seen remakes that had more differences from the original then this does from Drive. Holy cow the protagonist is even played by Ryan Gosling.
Then the …
lastonetoleave - wrote on 04/05/2013
The Place Beyond the Pines (2013) R Luke (Ryan Gosling) is a daredevil motorcycle rider on the carnival circuit who encounters Romina (Eva Mendes), a woman he had an affair with the last time he was in town. Now he finds out that he has fathered a son with Romina, and Luke wants to do right by his new found family, but he may have to turn to a life of crime to get ahead. Do not be fooled by the trailer, which makes it look like the whole film is about Ryan Gosling’s character. It’s equally Bradley Cooper’s film, as he plays a cop that is on a collision course with Gosling’s character. I felt the film was too long with the storyline giving us way too much information about the films characters. This is a film that some critics will fall in love with, but I felt it missed the …