Only God Forgives 2013

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Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling reunite in the highly acclaimed Only 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
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jame3 B on 16 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
If you don't get too distracted by the film's violence which in some parts is extreme but never overdone and always seems to be necessary you'll uncover the film's true heart in which people are flawed, where in the real world there are no good guys and bad guys it's not that simple, everyone has their demons. The film itself looks beautiful bathed in neon pinks and reds really suits the film's atmosphere also the music is perfect adding to the beauty of the film (Cliff Martinez) The acting is very good all round Ryan Gosling is a great talent with incredible screen presents. Kristin Scott Thomas is truly terrifying and Vithaya Pansringarm plays the best psychopath since Anton Chigurh (No Country For Old Men) Basically this is a character study of flawed human beings thinking they're doing the right thing. I know a lot of people will hate this film but that just makes me love it even more.
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18 of 21 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Leo Fender was a genius says - on 8 Jan 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Generally, I do not like Ryan Gosling's acting style or movie subject matter.
This one is different. The script setting is something of a niche location - bordello or whore-house - especially for those of us who have walked the dark-side when abroad on the sea of life in the Orient.
The script, acting, location and human essence of this film I found excellent.
For those who have not travelled or plumbed the depths of despots they may find this film bizarre. The storyline is bizarre with a twisted sense of decency which counterpoints the whole shebang.
I loved it and found it real.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HAYLEY on 25 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The film is interesting to a point. The characters are hard to relate with and their stories hard to follow as there is a lot of flashbacks and slow moving scenes. The story is a bit flat and the script has not got many words. I wouldnt recommend this film to watch unless you have a patient mind and like flat films x
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35 of 44 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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CLINT McGAVIN on 13 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
I like all of Nicolas Winding Refn's films so far apart from this one. I was expecting something better. But the characters here are all totally unlikable and so I couldn't really give a monkeys what happened to any of them. It is a weak storyline too which is underscored with lots of 'moody' silences and lingering camera shots - all to mask the lack of actual substance and intelligent dialouge, presumably. A little bit of style over substance at work here, I fear, so a generous 2 stars for this film when really I'd like to give it 1.5 stars. Still, lets hope his next one sees a return to form.
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