This is a good one fellas, pure deep character study and how random acts intertwine come back and bite you in the ass AKA karma. Gosling is back in top form after the last Only god Forgives, slight only problem is that he was not the main star...well at least he was the 1st half. The 2nd half was all about Bradley cooper so some of you loyal Gosling's will feel cheated out. I wasn't aware of that at all from the trailers.
The character Gosling plays is a lot like the one in Drive. A loner, quiet bad ass who beats to his own drum except here he's talented with a motorcycle. I LOVE the opening scene which only shows his upper torso playing with a switch knife very reminiscent of DeNiro's opening prison scene in Cape Fear buffed out with the tats. I knew right away this is going to be good.
It's a long movie running well over 2 hrs, which of course I like..,more to enjoy and soak up. For some reason, the movie Mystic River keeps coming up when I think about this movie. I guess they both have that small town feel. You can say it's like Drive and Mystic River combined.
Oh, and the cast was great. Ava Mendes took her level up couple notches, Ray Liotta and B Cooper solid as usual. I have no hesitation recommending this.