Violence In The Movie

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I strongly believe that all of the violence in the film is extremely affective. Violence was placed throughout the storyline very methodically, and did not at all interrupt or distract from the story itself. The use of guns in the film is extremely symbolic. The first time we see a gun is when Luke is going to rob his first bank. In all of his robberies, he never hurts anyone he only shoots the gun to scare people. In this sense, the gun is a sad symbol for contribution, and fear of not being able to provide. This is how he is contributing to his family. A powerful weapon like a gun is reduced to a symbol for Luke’s struggle to provide. Every fight Luke gets into with his sons mother or son’s stepfather is his attempt to stay relevant and gain…show more content…
They structure of the film is so linear, which is the best way to approach a story of such epic lengths. If Cianfrance, Coccio, and Marder were to play with the aspect of time and jump from one period to another within a certain characters timeline, it wouldn't work. The story would be too hard to follow with cutaways and multiple time leaps. The linear set up, while at some rare points does loose momentum, is that of a novel. We follow a life more closely if we feel as if we are living it, and it is hard to feel like we are living something if it is choppy. The Place Beyond the Pines does include one giant time leap which does not throw the audience because it is clear, and we are curious as to how Luke’s mourning family will end up. I like the fact that they chose to follow a 15 year period because like most movies that follow a certain dilemma until it is fixed, this film follows lives just as they are, and problems as they occur. We see death, and then deal with grief. We see guilt, and deal with the responsibility. Although the structure follows a very straight forward path, the story addresses multiple problems and various levels of ones own conscious and id and superego. It is deep and complex and our characters are so real, we can relate so so many qualities in these men even though they are on opposite ends of the spectrum. One can sympathize with and come to really like a bank robber, and a police officer, in matter of just one hundred and sixteen

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