The film centres on two fathers, Luke (Ryan Gosling) and Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper). If Luke is a motorcycle stunt rider-turned-bank robber, Cross is a cop-turned-politician (clearly, the two aren’t thick friends.) However, they both have one thing in common: a family to look after.
In fact, it is only because of his son that Luke resorts to a series of bank robbery. Unable to raise enough money to fulfil the needs of his wife and son, Luke is lured into making quick money by his boss, whose eagle eyes notice his special skill: riding a bike like no one else. Luke is too fast to be caught.
Besides, the drama unfolds over fifteen years as the sins of the past haunt the present day lives of two high-school boys. Do we even need to tell who the fathers of these respective boys are? It’s all a chain and a series of events that would decide the fate of the two generations.
Catch the trailer of The Place Beyond The Pines below and some stills from the film on the following pages.