A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective. (IMDb)
To be completely honest, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot out of this. The summary just kind of sounded like a slightly tweaked summary of Drive. But, I was wrong. This was super fascinating. I will say, for the first 45 minutes, you’re thinking “ok, where is this going”. But then, it really starts to kick off. It also (choosing my words carefully to avoid spoilers) changes narrative not once but twice, which was a little risky, but it totally pays off. Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper are great, but I really expected nothing less. Eva Mendes also does a nice job as Gosling’s kind of sort of not really girlfriend. It moves along quite quickly once it hits its stride, and it has this corrupt cop subplot that is still way too relevant. Like I said, I don’t want to give too much away, but I really enjoyed how I went into this thinking it was going to be super simple and was surprised with a sprawling, multi-generational tale about fatherhood, loyalty, and family.