The first act of The Place Beyond The Pines revolves around the story of Luke Glanton, played by Ryan Gosling. Luke is a motorcycle stunt driver for a traveling circus, but he gives it all up when he finds out he has a son named Jason. Jason is the son of Luke and Romina (Eva Mendes). Luke wants to be a part of his son’s life, but Romina has already found a new man. Since Luke gave up his job, he has no financial stability to provide for his son so he meets a man named Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) and they start robbing banks. Luke’s robbing days don’t last long and he is soon pursued and eventually gunned down by a rookie police officer named Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper). The two cross paths for mere seconds, and their worlds meet. This is the conclusion of the first act, and leads into the second act, which is focused on Avery Cross, but it’s surprising whe...
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