Written April 16, 2013
Ryan plays a carnival motorcycle stuntman that travels around the country . He runs into Eva , an old girlfriend [with a new baby ] . He puts two and two together and decides to stick around and provide for his new family . There are some complications ; He has no money [after quitting his job] and she has a new live-in boyfriend . He decides on robbing banks as his new source of income . Bradley plays a rookie police officer that wants to put the brakes on Ryan's new job and Rose plays Bradley's wife . Bradley also has aspirations of cleaning up the corrupt cops in his town .
The title of the movie comes from the town in New York where the action takes place [Schenectady] which is a Mohawk word meaning 'Beyond the Pine Plains' . The story also covers 15-20 years of the fathers and sons interlocking tale .
It's rated "R" for language , violence , teen drug & alcohol use and has a running time of 2 hours & 20 minutes .
It's not one that I would buy but it would be a good rental .
Written August 31, 2014
The movie was very, very slow. Truly, does not hollywood know that excessive use of the F word shows a limited vocabulary? I never saw reviews for the movie, but I thought because of the stellar cast it would be good. Very disapointed. I left before it was over.
Written August 01, 2014
Two words best describe this movie: Fantastic and Heavy.
Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and even Eva Mendes are all excellent in their roles. Great story, direction, acting and soundtrack!
The story is pretty heavy and somewhat depressing, but with just enough action and drama to keep you from getting down about it.
I give it a "must go" but caution that it's one of those movies that you leave the theatre with sort of a stomach ache, so take that as you will.
Overall excellent though, and just confirms that Gosling and Cooper can pretty much pull of any role they take on. Go see it!
Written September 03, 2014
This movie was a little long and boring. It had potential, but failed to deliver.
Written May 13, 2013
Excellent movie, with lots of depth within the storyline, and excellent work by the entire cast.
In my opinion, Ryan Gosling is quickly positioning himself as the leading actor of his generation!
Finally, this one will stay in your mind for awhile, contemplating its full meaning.