The Place Beyond the Pines is a film which shows a story over 17 years. One of the things to be noted about the film is that there are no true main characters and that in fact it is said that there are 3 potential main characters.
The film is certainly not a short one, and at 2 hours and 20 minutes it may feel like the film has been running for a very long time by the end. However, considering that the film takes place over 17 years and focuses on the lives of multiple characters with interesting links between them, it is quite a success.
To begin with the film is about a motorbike stunt rider, Ryan Gosling, who finds that he has a secret child with his lover, who is with another man. The stunt rider, Luke, quits his job and ends up working alongside a mechanic who gives him the idea of robbing a bank. The two men work together and successfully rob a number of banks , collecting a lot of money and successfully escaping every time. However, Luke’s wild desperation to rob banks drives him too far and one too many banks is robbed. It is difficult not to reveal some spoilers within this review so I will jump to the basis of the rest of the plot.
The film jumps to another character who was had a small link with Luke’s ending to bank robberies. The film then shows how this characters life has changed because of the incidents and also the audience learn of the story of his son, who happens to be the same age as Luke’s son meet up at school and relive the past.
The film kept me interested almost throughout, except towards the end I did feel that the film had been running for too long. Nonetheless I definitely enjoyed the film and it was unique to me in the way that their were a number of different characters who all played key roles within the film.
I would give this film a 7.6/10