- Cast: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne, Eva Mendes, Dane DeHaan, Ray Liotta, Bruce Greenwood, Ben Mendelsohn, Mahershala Ali, Harris Yulin, Robert Clohessy, Emory Cohen, Olga Merediz, Kevin Craig West, Gabe Fazio, Ephraim Benton, Dj Nino Carta, Michael Marino, Anthony Pizza, Sabrina Lott, Vanessa Thorpe, Jim Powers, Luca Pierucci, Patrick Husted, Jennifer Sober, Kayla Smalls, Jeremiah Bagley, Joe McCarthy, Cynthia Pelletier-Sullivan, Whitney Hudson, Jerry Gretzinger
- Director: Derek Cianfrance
- Writers: Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio, Darius Marder
- Producers: Lynette Howell , Sidney Kimmel, Alex Orlovsky, Jamie Patricof
- Associate Producers: Katie McNeill, Crystal Powell
- Executive Producers: Matt Berenson, Jim Tauber
- Art Direction: Michael Ahern
- Casting: Cindy Tolan
- Costume Design: Erin Benach
- D.O.P.: Sean Bobbitt
- Editors: Jim Helton, Ron Patane
- Makeup: Leo Won
- Music: Mike Patton
- Production Design: Inbal Weinberg
- Set Decoration: Jasmine E. Ballou
The film powerfully explores the consequences of motorcycle rider Luke (Gosling)'s fateful decision to commit a crime to support his child. The incident renders him targeted by policeman Avery (Cooper), and the two men become locked on a tense collision course which will have a devastating impact on both of their families in the years following.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Schenectady, New York, USA
- MPAA Warning: Language throughout, some violence, teen drug and alcohol use, and a sexual reference
- Production Companies: Focus Features, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Electric City Entertainment, Verisimilitude, Hunting Lane Films, Pines Productions, Silverwood Films
- Production Schedule: July 2011 - September 2011
2013 Guide Analysis: "After the acclaim for their work together in "Blue Valentine" in 2010, it was only a matter of time before Ryan Gosling and filmmaker Derek Cianfrance would re-unite - no one expected it to come about this quickly though. Rather than a brutally honest love story, here they tackle a multi-generational crime thriller which was shot in Schenectady, New York.
Sporting bleached blond locks and various tattoos, Gosling plays a motorcycle stunt rider (Gosling) who sets out to rob banks in order to provide for his newborn child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician (Bradley Cooper). There's a solid supporting cast here including Ben Mendelsohn, Bruce Greenwood, Ray Liotta, Dane DeHaan, Rose Byrne and Eva Mendes.
One of the most anticipated film premieres at Toronto this past September, reviews were strong and praised it for its ambition. The reaction, however, was laced with enough disappointment that it took the wind of awards buzz out of the film's sails. Though the film's three acts aren't self-contained, they are very distinct from each other.
Most of the praise was for the Gosling-centric first which has a fast pace and more fun crime action-thriller approach. The Cooper-centric second act slows things down into more heavy melodramatic territory as the film's themes about relationships between fathers and sons comes to bear.
The final act has scored the most criticism with the focus on the pair's grown-up sons who come together and are unaware of their fathers’ shared history. Spanning a full two-and-a-half hours, it's a deliberately paced film that takes some highly unexpected twists and turns. It won't be for everyone, but the praise is strong enough that it's already looking to be one of the better films in the first half of the year."