Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Only God Forgives Review

Back in 2011, Nicholas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling gave the world "Drive," a stylish psychological thriller that captivated fans and critics alike. The duo's second offering "Only God Forgives" is the polar opposite. Where "Drive" was exhilarating, "Only God Forgives" is dull. Where the former was filled with humanity, the latter showcases actors playing automatons.

According to Refn's own admissions, the film depicts a battle between a man and god. The film attempts to tell the story of Julian (Gosling), a man who must get revenge for the death of his rapist/murderer brother. The problem is that Julian lacks the initiative. Enter his mother Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas), who arrives to goad her son into battle. With her son becoming ever-frustrating, she sends out a bunch of her own cronies to get the job done, upsetting police officer Chang (Vithaya Pansringarm) who seems to be the stand-in for God. Continue reading

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