The Place Beyond The Pines Review - Alternative Magazine Online

The Place Beyond The Pines is a three act film that shifts away from falling into any particular genre, and is all the better for it. It starts as a slow-burning drama before changing gear and becoming a heist movie – the motorcycle robberies are dizzying to watch and masterfully filmed, providing an overwhelming adrenaline rush for both Luke and the viewer. Later, Ray Liotta turns up as a corrupt cop – a role he could sleepwalk through, but that instead ends up becoming one of his most intimidating roles to date – and the film leans toward becoming a Serpico-esque police thriller. Then the final act arrives – jumping forward in time 15 years – and all bets are off.

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