The joy of this type of film is in what it leaves out, rather than puts in, so this was top notch, achieving exactly what it set out to do. Drawing us into the outstanding Ryan Gosling's surrealistically-seeming calm life, which was anything but, and never letting go, I was in turn lulled by the slow pace then shocked by the violence, quite a ride. Sparse, beautifully rendered, great acting. Slight disappointment at his decision at the end, but hey, he didn't have a choice I guess!!!