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Only God Forgives (2013) Movie Information

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10169

Avg. Rating:

2.26/4

# of Ratings:

36

Genres:

Crime, Drama

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

07/19/2013

DVD Release:

10/22/2013

Director:

Nicolas Winding Refn

Actors:

Ryan Gosling
Kristin Scott Thomas
Tom Burke
Yayaying
Vithaya Pansringarm
Gordon Brown

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

In order to settle a dispute, a Bangkok police lieutenant and local gangster step into a Thai boxing ring and let theirs fists do the talking. -- Chris Kavan

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Chris Kavan 03/13/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2/4 

Loved the soundtrack and the style - but there is nothing really going on here. Violence for violence sake does not a good movie make, and there is way too much slow motion and little in the way of dialogue throughout this film - and none of the characters are likeable in the least. There are a few key scenes that are excellent (if uncomfortable) but it can't save an otherwise unfocused film.

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Matthew Brady 02/09/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2/4 

In order to settle a dispute, a Bangkok police lieutenant and local gangster step into a Thai boxing ring and let theirs fists do the talking. This movie has good music in it and that's it really because this movie was not really not that good.

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Alex 08/11/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2.5/4 

It looks awesome, the score is great and the acting is fine. So why is this movie not good? Easy - there is no real hero, every scene is 2 minutes too long, shot in slow motion, and anti climatic. I love Drive more than most but this one doesn't compare. Gosling is a push over. There are two incredible scenes though that may be worth the price of admission. Probably should skip it.

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  Yojimbo
Yojimbo
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10/15/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Only God Forgives" by Yojimbo

When a vigilante cop dispenses summary justice over a murderous drug dealer, his mother arrives in town to claim his body and demands revenge, little realising exactly who it is she is dealing with. Only God Forgives is another neon-drenched walk on the wild side from Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling, featuring highly stylized visuals and bursts of visceral violence. The story takes place on the mean streets of Bangkok and features a lone man of at least mild conscience caught between straight psychopaths, one on each side of the law. It is very reminiscent of David Lynch (and Blue Velvet in particular) as well as Chan Wook Park's Vengeance trilogy and even Stanley Kubrick in its mix of beautiful visuals, surreal imagery and deeply dark and disturbing undercurrents, which makes for a...

Rating of
3.5/4 

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  memento_mori
memento_mori
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12/01/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Depravity gets the Winding Refn treatment.

Upon my first viewing of Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, I was left startled by how preposterous, vile, cruel and downright sick it seemed to me. But, as many great filmmakers' works implicitly implore us to do, Refn's much darker and more philosophical follow-up to Drive begged a second viewing of me. And a second viewing startled me once again. This time, in a fortunate way.

Understand this, Only God Forgives is still a sick and vile and cruel film. It still makes me feel sick to my stomach and is extremely hard to watch, but that is also what is entirely fascinating about it.
Winding Refn is a very brave director, in the sense that: he is honest. And I respect him for that.
He made his film with about as much soul and dedication as any great classic director would have, ...

Rating of
3/4 

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  Snoogans
Snoogans
Movie God
 

11/02/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Only God Can Forgive This Film

There was much anticipation for 'Only God Forgives' from film fans (including me) who appreciated director Nicolas Winding Refn's previous arthouse/mainstream mix effort 'Drive'. After initial critical backlash, I set my expectations substantially lower. Turns out that was a good decision. 'Only God Forgives' is a slow, plot-less endeavor that seems to be solely focused on visual style. The whole piece is essentially a barrage of scenes involving mannequin characters, graphic torturous violence, and odd sexual implications. There exists absolutely no emotion in a single character. The film is cold and devoid of any viewer engagement. Even in the most meandering 'arthouse' films there still exists purpose for presenting thoughts or feelings through images. Not the case here. The o...

Rating of
1/4 

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