The Place Beyond The Pines is a unique movie because the main character changes about 40% of the way through the film and it changes a couple more times toward the end. At first this feels like a betrayal toward the audience, because having invested our emotional interest in one character, the movie asks us to change our interest to someone else. However, this works because of nature of story which explores how a criminal act influences the lives of many people.
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The movie has a certain real feeling about it because it does not try to the rush the story, but instead lets the characters interact with each other in a casual way that feels authentic. Some of the entertainment value comes from the mood of the film, although some people might feel that the pace is a little slow. At 2 hours and 20 minutes, the movie does seem slightly long.
It is likely to be the most unusual movie I will see this year, but I think that it deserves credit for being different. It also raises all sorts of questions about its meaning and message that left me scratching my head, but the film is oddly engaging in this way. It is the kind of movie that people will talk about for a long time.
The movie is rated R mostly for frequent strong language and some drug use. There is minimal violence and no nudity.