Overall Rank: 11059
Average Rating: 2.3/4
# of Ratings: 45
Theatrical Release Date: 07/19/2013
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 10/22/2013
Genre: Crime, Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Actors: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Burke, Yayaying, Vithaya Pansringarm, Gordon Brown
Plot: 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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hoods_breath - wrote on 04/28/2019
The movie was very good from a visual standpoint. Scenery, lighting, shot angles and compositions were spectacular. It also had a very good score. Unfortunately all this was wasted on a very boring story about some very bad people that I could not care any less about and simply put did not need to be told. Kind of a bummer in that regard.
Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/13/2014
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.
Matthew Brady - wrote on 02/09/2014
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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ikkegoemikke - wrote on 11/28/2017
Refn wants to show clearly what he's good in. Namely bringing a simple story to a higher level by stylistic and artistic tricks . As with "Drive" there is a lot of commotion about this movie and there are pro's and contra's of this movie. Refn apparently seems to be a huge fan of David Lynch. Some will consider it as a work of art . Others will qualify it more as complete nonsense and a waste of time when you watch this movie . My opinion lies in between those two and consider it as a great achievement to make an artistic tale of a meaningless story. The intellectual movie audience obviously will give a standing ovation for this one and it will lead to all kinds of theories and opinions. Think long enough about it and you'll discover a deeper philosophical content with appropriate …
Yojimbo - wrote on 10/15/2014
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 …
memento_mori - wrote on 12/01/2013
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, …
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