The Final Cut: 'The Place Beyond the Pines'

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April 4, 2013, 10:35 pm
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(NECN: Erick Weber) - They're two of the biggest movie stars on the planet and this weekend, you can find both of them in one film. We're talking about Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper in the multi-layered drama "The Place Beyond the Pines".

Gosling plays a tattooed from head-to-toe motorcyclist who makes his coin zipping around and around an oversized hamster ball at the local assembled-in-your-sleep carnival. It's a whopper of an extended shot from Director Derek Cianfrance.

But Gosling's rag-tag life as the dreamiest, most jacked carnie on the midway is tossed into the tumble cycle upon learning he fathered a child with a waitress, played by Eva Mendes, during his last trip through town.

To better provide for his adorable offspring, Gosling turns to a life of crime, robbing banks and zipping off his bike. The getaway scenes carry an added dose of adrenaline within the small town, set in upstate New York.

The film takes a radical, jarring turn roughly an hour in with the arrival of Cooper as "The Place Beyond the Pines" turns into a glorified police procedural.

With Cianfrance's overambitious script and "Crash"-y conclusion getting the better of him, though the electrifying first half more than compensates, it's impossible to take your eyes off Gosling. "The Place Beyond the Pines" revs up a Final Cut score of 87 percent.

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Tags: Erick Weber, Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, The Place Beyond the Pines, Derek Cianfrance, Eva Mendes
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It was many moons ago in a darkened theater that my love of cinema took root as I snuck in to see my first R-rated film, Blade Runner. The futuristic vision that Ridley Scott unleashed on the screen was simply soul-expanding — spiritual even. From that moment, my mission to have that kind of magic strike again began in earnest. My hope is to be able to shine a light on films that may just have that kind of effect on you — films that may be lesser known, but not lesser in impact. 
             
- Erick Weber

Final Cut Scoring System
99-95% Opening night
94-90% Opening weekend
89-86% In theaters
85-83% On Demand
82-80% Netflix/Redbox
79-75% If desperate
74-70% If dozing off
69-65% If intoxicated
64-60% If comatose
Below 60% If brain dead

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