For one thing, the movie doesn't show us Luke's face right away. Instead we're greeted with an inked up torso and hand working over a butterfly knife, before we follow the Metallica t-shirt wearing man (from behind, with a clear influence from the Dardenne brothers) through the sights and sounds of a fairground, until he gets on a motorcycle and rides into the cage of death. The preview clip cuts out just before we see the crazy cyclist stunts. DP Sean Bobbitt initially got right into the cage to capture the stunts...only for one of the takes to end with him on the ground, and a pile of motorbikes on top of him.
It's a great story (read it here) and the scene itself is pretty dazzling. Give it a watch below and after that, check out the trailer with commentary from Cianfrance. "The Place Beyond The Pines" goes wide on April 12th. [via Bleeding Cool]