Only God Forgives 2013

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Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling reunite in the highly acclaimedOnly God Forgives--a stylish, mesmerising and thrilling journey through Bangkok?s criminal underworld. Julian (Gosling) runs a boxing club as a front for a drugs operation. He has everything he wants for and is respected in the criminal underworld though, deep inside, he feels empty.

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1 hour, 30 minutes

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Only God Forgives

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Genres Action & Adventure
Director Nicolas Winding Refn
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray
There is nothing like an oddball Thai noir film with Ryan Gosling. Ryan runs a fight club in Thailand. His older brother Billy kills a prostitute. Billy in turn is kill by the father of the dead girl, assisted by a vigilante cop (Vithaya Pansringarm). Ryan realizes his brother was no saint and doesn't enact revenge and then the over the top drug dealing potty mouthed mom (Kristin Scott Thomas) shows up to makes things worse.

The main problem with this film is that Ryan's character was never developed, or developed to the point you cared about him. It was a bad role. The drug dealing, while discussed wasn't really part of the plot other than background material. The background of Billy, was told to us as was many plot points that didn't mesh well into an enjoyable tale. Kristin Scott Thomas' character carried the film for what it was worth.

This film is clearly not for everyone and I give three stars for its uniqueness and potential, not the entertainment value.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, N-word. No nudity (unless you count art). No sex. Adult themes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin on 22 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
The bad reviews here make amusing reading. I think people put the dvd on expecting a lame brain revenge thriller like "Taken" instead of the startlingly weird psychedelic art film we have here. The visuals are ravishing and the sound track is very funky and plot reminds me more of something by Antonioni or Jodorowsky than the usual by-the-numbers contemporary thriller product. The film artfully subverts audience expectations. The figure of the "Maniac Cop" Chang is very interesting. The evil protagonists want to take revenge on him but it seems that in reality he is taking revenge on them. He is some symbolic figure of justice perhaps. A good film for those who don't leave their brain on the shelf before viewing a movie as they drool into their bag of popcorn....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim on 10 Dec. 2014
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Pretty grim and seemingly pointless. I've given it a '3 star' because I like the atmosphere and feel of the film. The director did 'Drive' which had these qualities, except had substance in the story and the characters as well. I wouldn't advise watching unless you are a fan of Gosling or any of the other actors in the film. I can't believe films like this get made. On paper it must have looked even worse. Script is terrible.Very small minority will like this. Indulgent and didn't need to be set in Thailand.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr O on 14 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
Absolute Garbage!
This film was a total let down. Weak plot, bad script, a complete waste of 90 mins which i'll never get back. I really wanted to enjoy this film but it was so disappointing. Gosling was fantastic in 'Drive' and gained acclaim in ' The Notebook' but after watching this film, i just felt bad for the guy. Not that I think this horrendous attempt at film will have any real impact on his future career, but it's put a real dampener on it.

**possible spoiler.. (if you're bothered to watch it)**

Lt. Chang/"The Angel of Vengeance" (the bad guy) attempts, on various occasions, to sing at the local Karaoke bar - this, the first time it happened, put a weird artsy type of interval into the building action of the film. But after the 2nd,.. 3rd.. time it just became really annoying and pointless.

Later in the film Julian (Ryan Gosling), who runs a Muay Thai club, calls Chang out (i was hoping for some kind of redemption to a dying/terrible film here - i wanted to, at least, see Gosling dealing out some damage to the bad guy) only to get absolutely pasted all over - his face ends up looking like a catchers mitt! - his poised stance on the DVD cover is totally misleading.

There are far too many other flaws to list..

Avoid this film
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42 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Nash on 1 Dec. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
'Only God Forgives' seems to have received very mixed reviews since it's release and I believe one of those reasons is how it was marketed.

the original marketing material painted the film as a revenge thriller that revolved around Ryan Gosling's character who ran a gym. It would have been easy to believe that the movie would be a violent action packed thriller with the brutality of the director's previous film 'Drive'.

This way of thinking really does 'Only God Forgives' no justice at all.

What we have is a powerful character study that is as achingly beautiful as it is stunningly emotional. Many have comment that there isn't much dialogue, but this is why the film works on a far greater level then almost all other films made in recent years. It knows when to show and not tell, which is arguably what film is meant to do.

Every shot in the film could be a photograph and every note of music is as perfect as scores can be. The main `fight' in the film is so beautiful that it really feels like a dance between two different generations, both believing that they are doing what is right.

For me this film is as close to perfect as cinema can be and I truly believe that it is a film that should be experienced.

I understand that many will not agree with me, but for all those that don't I'm hoping that an equal number will. This film may not be as action packed as their previous film 'drive' but in my view it is a far more accomplished piece of cinematic genius....

I truly love this film and cannot truly express how stunning an achievement it is.
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