A motorcycle stunt rider starts robbing banks to support his new family. This brings him into confrontation with a rookie police officer and begins a generational feud.
Gosling’s character, a fairground stunt-cyclist named Luke, anchors the first third of “Pines,” the new feature from “Blue Valentine” director Derek Cianfrance. That 2010 drama about the dissolution of a marriage announced an up-and-coming filmmaker’s talent for getting under the skins of inarticulate characters, using a cinematic style of bruised colors, brooding soundtrack choices, and restless camera moves. It was an ambitious film that, at its intermittent best, felt entirely organic and real.