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(out of 7 reviews)
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Adult Written byLcoreviews2 April 6, 2013
AGE
13
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Great film

I loved this movie
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Parent Written byShivom Oza April 10, 2013
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15
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Thursday, 11 April 2013 The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) Review by Shivom Oza – Beyond Brilliant!

Crime-thrillers often make for fascinating movies; more so, when the screenplay of the film is spruced with innocuous mind games and dichotomous characters. ‘The Place Beyond The Pines’, starring Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes, is an intriguing three-part film which revolves around how decisions made by a stunt motorcyclist and a dutiful police officer, affect the lives of their families. It is directed by Derek Cianfrance of ‘Blue Valentine’ fame. Its wonderful story and screenplay, backed with awesome performances, make ‘The Place Beyond The Pines’ one of the better crime-thrillers to have come out in recent times. The multi-layered characters (and by layered, I mean sometimes greedy and sometimes selfless, sometimes bound by duty and sometimes by fate, sometimes white and mostly black), performed by the cast with much aplomb, make the film very real and relatable. An absolutely brilliant story about relationships, revenge and forgiveness, ‘The Place Beyond The Pines’ is ‘edge-of-the-seat’ stuff. Clocking in at 2 hours 20 minutes, the film doesn’t seem long at all. A stunt motorcyclist, Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling), is trying very hard to reconnect with his former girlfriend and the mother of his new-born child, Romina (Eva Mendes). In order to provide for her and his child Jason, Luke quits motorcycle racing and starts robbing banks. Being a rider, Luke lives life on the edge and is absolutely unapologetic about his actions. Police officer Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper) is looking for growth at his workplace, but is pulled back by the rampant corruption in the department. Two boys, studying in high school, Jason (Luke’s son) and AJ Cross (Avery’s son), fall into trouble with drugs, which leads to a lot of drama and some bloodshed. The film is about how the lives of the aforementioned characters entwine. The film tackles relationships very well. Be it Luke’s and Romina’s romantic liaison, Avery’s turbulent relationship with his wife and son, Jason’s equation with AJ Cross, and Avery’s fabulous camaraderie with his father, the highs and lows of any normal relationship have been encapsulated brilliantly by the writers. It even deals with the dichotomy that most of us often find ourselves in – ‘whose side to take?’. It’s true that if you stand for something right/wrong, you have to bear the consequences eventually. The characters are etched in such a meticulous manner, that you may find yourself sympathizing with the criminal at some points and cursing the righteous individual at others. On the technical front, the film excels purely on its writing (Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio and Darius Marder). The score, composed by Mike Patton, is eerily delightful. In addition, the camerawork (Sean Bobbitt) wonderfully compliments the dark, gritty theme of the film. As a viewer, I connected with this film on several grounds – forgiveness, righteousness, ambition and compassion. The story is bound to strike a chord with you at some level or the other. The film, just like its title, is open to several interpretations. It stays with you for a long time after you’ve watched it. Shivom Oza
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Educator and Parent Written by1457916 May 27, 2013
AGE
16
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better for age 15 and up

A good opportunity to talk to kids about the moral compass and when and why it goes awry.
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Adult Written byKitKatKaity April 29, 2013
AGE
16
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Drama or melodramatic?

This flick is being somewhat advertised as an action movie. The trailer seems to promise a long chase between Bradley Cooper's cop and Ryan Gosling's robber. This is not the case. It is in all aspects, an introspective drama. The movie is long as well and those who are not a fan of this particular genre may have trouble lasing through the whole film. The story focuses on fathers and sons, their relationships, and their downfalls. The comparisons between two idealists (Gosling and Cooper) who have grown up in extremely different circumstances is quite interesting if only to see how quickly one can be turned when pressured by a peer and life's unexpected situations. There is no real sexual content, though Gosling's character has a son out of wedlock with Eva Mendes' character. There is some cursing but it is not excessive. Most all of the characters smoke, and frequently, through the movie and towards the end the sons engage in partying, drinking, and drugs (weed and ecstasy).
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Great messages
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Too much consumerism
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Adult Written byMarsha1983 September 2, 2013
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

Weak review, great movie!

I think that the review itself is weak, if not wrong about placing the focuc of the review on Ryan Gosling character. In fact the main character and the best actor in this movie is Bradley Cooper's character: much more complex character who faced with very hard choices and corruption comes as a winner and a looser at the same time. And this movie is not just about fatherhood, but about choices and how nobody knows what is the best choice.
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Adult Written byBestPicture1996 March 8, 2014
AGE
15
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An epic zoomed in on family legacy

I really enjoyed what this movie's intentions were: that a simple action, a mistake, can knock down the dominoes that may lead to the next generation carrying on your mistakes. Gosling is fine in his role, though there's too many similarities to his brooding, bad boy role in "Drive" to call this a great performance. Bradley Cooper though, he does some heavy lifting here, along with Dane DeHaan, whose piercing eyes communicate much without him having to say a thing! Overall, though it is lengthy, I never found myself bored, because it certainly movies at a solid pace. Language was constant, along with Gosling's character smoking often and some partying scenes near the end of the film. Good rental, and overlooked in awards season!
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