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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.

Starring:
Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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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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A phenomenal artistic piece, Only God Forgives is profound and demands of its viewers an open-mind, for a Western one to be opened to Eastern's spirituality. This film is no light entertainment, but is a masterpiece of arthouse cinema. A first viewing might puzzle, but with reflection and imagination, a second viewing will delight, bringing appreciation and opening avenues of phantasmagory.
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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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Only God Forgives, is the sort of film you have to bring no preconceptions to, then you will appreciate it more. It does leave lasting impressions though, the sort that get into your subconscious and mess things up a bit. It is full of set pieces that solidify some of our darkest desire and greatest fears. Alongside the powerful imagery and visual statements there is a narrative but trying to hold on to this provides little comfort for the journey.
Watch Only God Forgives with different eyes and expectations to regular, classic narrative films and you will enjoy it. Also watch it for the way Nicolas Winding Refn uses his craft to create strong, permanent memories. Light is his brush in this one.
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An absolutely stunning drama, with some powerful moments of violence and horror. The GOD character in this film is brilliantly and elegantly portrayed and Nicolas directed the character of the mother so perfectly, it reminded me of my mother. It's a must see movie, and the cinematography is beautiful.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
AUDIO: English & Thai DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
SUBTITLES: English HoH (optional)
RUNTIME: 90:00 mins.
PICTURE: 1.85:1
REGION: B (locked)
EXTRAS: Audio commentary, Behind the Scenes, 2 Trailers

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ONLY GOD FORGIVES is, like DRIVE and VALHALLA RISING, a masterpiece by Nicolas Winding Refn. Visually great, Refn created a slow-burning ride into misery with Ryan Gosling (DRIVE) delivering another formidable performance.
ONLY GOD FORGIVES is a very powerful character study / arthouse film, being incorrectly seen as a simple revenge thriller and compared to DRIVE. Many people rated it very low and said they were bored, but that's because they expected it to be a different type of film.
If you don't expect lots of actions, chases, shoot-outs and Hollywood explosions, but rather a slow-paced drama with (very few) scenes of extreme violence like Takeshi Kitano's works, you can expect nothing less than a masterpiece. If you expect TAKEN, you'll be VERY disappointed for sure.
The film itself is full of surprises, the ending you really don't see coming from afar, and it's definitely not a "feel good" fun movie.
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