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The Place Beyond the Pines

By AP KRYZA
Among the things that made director Derek Cianfrance’s breakout feature, Blue Valentine, so powerful was its extremely limited scope. With The Place Beyond the Pines, Cianfrance expands this scope, enveloping two families across more than a decade of distress, triumph and tragedy. Yet somewhere along the way, the director loses the heart that marked his previous triumph. The Place Beyond the Pines packs bravura performances across a sprawling narrative. But it’s also about 60 minutes longer than it needs to be, and runs out of gas after its remarkable first act. It’s a film that’s completely overstuffed, and oftentimes overcooked. In the film’s most captivating section, we’re introduced to Luke (Ryan Gosling), a carnival stuntman who discovers he's sired a son. As he turns to robbing banks, he crosses paths with a rookie cop (Bradley Cooper), who himself comes across massive corruption. Were that not enough, the film then fast-forwards 15 years to peer into the clichéd lives of the pair's sons. Each segment has a rushed quality, and too little time devoted to developing motivations. Had Cianfrance given his characters more room to breathe, the film might transcend the genre trappings it falls into so easily. In widening his lens, the director loses focus on the big picture.
 
  • Genres: Drama
  • Running Time: 140 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, April 12, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: R [ A Sexual Reference, Language Throughout, Some Violence, Teen Drug and Alcohol Use ]
  • Critic's Score: C+
  • Starring: Ryan Gosling [Luke], Bradley Cooper [Avery], Eva Mendes [Romina], Rose Byrne [Jennifer], Ben Mendelsohn [Robin], Mahershala Ali [Kofi], Dane DeHaan [Jason], Emory Cohen [AJ], Ray Liotta [Deluca], Bruce Greenwood [Bill Killcullen], Harris Yulin [Al], Gabe Fazio [Scott], Olga Merediz [Malena]
  • Directed by: Derek Cianfrance [Director], Ben Coccio [Screenwriter], Darius Marder [Screenwriter], Derek Cianfrance [Screenwriter], Jamie Patricof [Producer], Lynette Howell [Producer], Alex Orlovsky [Producer], Sidney Kimmel [Producer], Jim Tauber [Executive Producer], Matt Berenson [Executive Producer], Bruce Toll [Executive Producer], Sean Bobbitt [Cinematographer], Jim Helton [Film Editor], Ron Patane [Film Editor], Inbal Weinberg [Production Design], Mike Ahern [Art Director], Jasmine Ballou [Set Decoration], Erin Benach [Costume Designer], Cindy Tolan [Casting]
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