Motorheads take note: If you’ve seen the new Ryan Gossling / Bradley Cooper / Eva Mendes / Ray Liotta film, The Place Beyond the Pines, you’ve no doubt noticed a few nice rides. Now is your chance to own one of them.
Directed by Derek Cianfrance of Blue Valentine fame, The Place Beyond the Pines follows the story of a motorcycle stunt driver Luke Glanton (Gossling) who returns to his hometown of Schenectady, NY, thrilling the locals with his circus cage driving feats. But he’s the one who gets the biggest surprise, when he runs into his old flame, Romina (Eva Mendes) and learns the two have an infant son. Glanton decides to man up and quit the circus business to help care for and raise the boy. But Romina, a sultry waitress with a new man, has serious doubts. Undeterred, Glanton soon learns that mechanics’ work doesn’t quit pay the bills. So, he turns to something else he’s pretty good at – robbing banks.
Cianfrance is a “very unique, special filmmaker” with “unrealistic ideas of what people are capable of,” Gossling recently told reporters of his on-set experience. He was only half joking. Besides zooming around inside a giant spherical cage, barely missing a fellow stunt driver, Gossling also dodges traffic at breakneck speeds in his bank robbery getaway scenes.
We won’t spoil it for you. But suffice it to say that Glanton’s new career doesn’t quite pan out the way he’s hoping. And his lifelong string of bad choices, as evidenced by a scrawling mess of unfortunate tattoos, has enduring effects on his young son’s life.
But back to those bikes… Now is your chance to own one of the motorcycles Gossling rides in the film described by film critics as “an exhilarating, ‘Godfather’-esque multi-generational epic of fathers, sons and consequences.” Click here and follow the steps to enter by the April 9 deadline. From all of us at E3 Spark Plugs – Good luck!