Only God Forgives

D: Nicolas Winding Refn
Space Rocket Nation/Gaumont/Bold (Lene Børglum)
Denmark/France 2013
90 mins 


W: Nicolas Winding Refn
DP: Larry Smith
Ed: Matthew Newman
Mus: Cliff Martinez

Ryan Gosling (Julian Thompson), Kristen Scott-Thomas (Crystal Thompson), Vithaya Pansringarm (Lt. Chang), Ratha Phongam (Mai), Tom Burke (Billy), Gordon Brown (Gordon)

Nicolas Winding Refn's follow up to 2011's Drive is all style over substance and a huge disappointment.
The plot is a rather average revenge story, set in Thailand, but pretentiously filmed and edited, despite beautifully picturesque photography, production design and other filmmaking elements. This counts for nothing when balanced against the confusing narrative and a lack of characters to associate with.
It's a certain audience splitter, as it proved when it debuted at Cannes. Those who loved it lauded it with praise, while it would be a huge surprise if those who hated it made it through the whole film at all.

Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives
Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives