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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2.3 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Raymond R. Stoter on 19 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
I thought this film was absolute rubbish, was it trying to be an art house film? was it aiming for the lowest common denominator in the films we watch, Not sure, Why was Kristin Scott Thomas in this film? I suspect Ryan Gosling regrets it as well, an embarrising performance by Ryan, well he did not have to learn to many lines did he?

Truly rubbish, I would not even want someone I disliked to watch this, A real bad choice by me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jac Knight on 29 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Not only do I feel utterly disappointed by this film, I actually feel angry! Why? Because I can't believe it's from the same person who directed 'Dirve'! That was why I bought this film. Worse still, why the film review from Peter Bradshaw would give it a 5 stars rating? This is neither Film Noir nor Art House, it's violence and sex porn directed by a perv who's still wearing his nappy. What a waste of talented actors!
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6 of 7 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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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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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 4 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD
`Only God Forgives' is one of those `Marmite films.' Basically, you'll either love it or hate it. I daresay there are few with feelings in between those two ends of the scale.

Some will say that it's a beautiful, arty masterpiece. Others will simply label it dull and boring. Basically, it's both and neither. How you perceive it will largely depend on how much you like these types of films.

It's billed as a `revenge thriller.' That may not sit well with some people as they may feel a bit mislead. If `revenge thriller' makes you think of plenty of action and fast-paced car chases, you are severely far from the mark. Yes, it's about revenge, but it's more of an `art-piece' than an all-out action thriller.

The scenes are slow, filled with painstakingly long shots of characters as the camera pans backwards. Every shot has been crafted to perfection, primarily utilising colours and lighting, over snappy dialogue. Plus, if you're watching it for the film's leading man, Ryan Gosling, you may need to know that in the ninety minutes the film runs for, he only has about twenty-two lines to say.

Basically, don't expect action and thrills (even though it's labelled a `thriller'), expect violent art and understated performances. If you can live with that, you'll love it. If that doesn't sound like your ideal way to spend an hour and a half then it's probably best to steer well clear.
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