If you saw the trailer for this 2012 films, it really only gave you half the film. It's an interesting/frustrating movie in that is feels like 2 movies crammed into one 140 minute movie. In the first act, a carnival stunt bike rider (Ryan Gosling) learns he has a son with his ex-girlfriend (Eva Mendes) and decides to stick around town, but then begins robbing banks with his partner (Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn). Act 2 switches the focus to a local rookie cop (Bradley Cooper) who encounters corruption in the department, and the final act, set years later, deals with the cop's and the crook's sons. Director Derek Cianfrance also worked with Gosling on "Blue Valentine" and I admire his ambition, but the film is uneven and overlong. The performances are solid, even if Gosling is not terribly convincing, despite his cheap tattoos, ratty hair, and Metallica shirts, as a low class thief. Cooper is less convincing, but, then again, he kind of always is, while Mendelsohn is great, but, then again, he always is. Ray Liotta, Rose Bryne, and Bruce Greenwood co-star and Mike Patton (Faith No More) did the music. Despite its flaws, it's a strong film that tries to do more with the usual crime and domestic drama themes. The title refers to Schenectady, where the film is set. It has some similarities to "Out of the Furnace" and "Mystic River.'

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