Jan 23, 2013

Highlights: 2012's Best Opening Sequence...

... is The Place Beyond The Pines (directed by Derek Cianfrance).

The opening sequence is as elusive as the film had been until the moment of its TIFF premiere. Taking advantage of Ryan Gosling's incredible physique, the heavily prominent body art, and a leather jacket vaguely reminiscent of the one he sported in Drive, Cianfrance's camera follows Gosling without showing us his face as he plays around with his knife, puts clothes on, walks a long distance from his trailer through an admiring crowd to finally show us his visage as he puts on a helmet and enters an extreme motor-riding exhibition. It's a beautifully shot, deliberately edited sequence that sets the pace for the rest of the film and excites the unsuspecting viewer to no end.

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