Oscar Nominee Ryan Gosling brings to life one of his most iconic characters ever in this daring, epic and powerful new film from the Director of Blue Valentine.
Exploring mythic themes of how the sins of the father are handed down to the son, Gosling is Luke, a brooding and rebellious high-wire motorcycle stunt performer. Passing through Schenectady in Upstate New York, he reconnects with his ex-lover Romina (Eva Mendes), only to discover he has a son. This news rocks his world and Luke decides to give up life on the road to try and provide for his new found family. Broke and on a dangerous impulse, he takes to robbing banks with accomplice Robin (Ben Mendelsohn). This desperate act will pit him against ambitious rookie cop Avery Cross (Oscar Nominee Bradley Cooper).
The consequence of their confrontation will reverberate through to the next generation, where Avery and Luke's now teenage sons are on a tragic collision course with their shared destiny.
Running Time: 135 minutes
This was an interesting DVD that explored many issues between families/father and son that although very different to my own upbringing I know totally exist out there. Capturing raw emotions in so many circumstances this movie is bound to pull on the heart strings of many. Definitely suits the R16 rating it has been given due to the violence and the general theme of the issues explored.
A sad way of life where Luke is robbing banks for not only the thrill of it but to try support himself and his son - Luke is on a slippery slide from the start. Chased by local police over and over again, Avery the police man is eventually the one who captures Luke. Of course this eventually ends in tragedy... which I assumed was the end of the movie (as it so often is) but I was pleasantly surprised that it kept going. As the movie turns a corner we then get to see this through a whole other way as Luke and Avery's sons are growing up together. A real twist in the movie that I wasn't expecting in quite the way it was.
My husband really rated this movie and said he would happily watch it again. He thought it was a good movie and it kept his attention the entire film. I wasn't as convinced, although I thought the movie was good and enjoyed watching it, to me its one of those movies that once you've seen it you've seen it and you don't need to watch it again. Something which obviously just comes down to individual preferences (some people enjoy watching movies more than once and others don't)
I do recommend this to others and think most people would enjoy watching it - a movie you can blob too, it doesn't take huge amounts of concentration to follow the plot line but you can simply relax and enjoy.
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