Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling reunite for this intense crime drama set in Thailand, and following a powerful crime boss seeking bitter vengeance for the murder of her son. American gangster Julian (Gosling) and his brother Billy are the owners of a Thai boxing club that covers for a lucrative drug-smuggling operation. Using the business as a front, they deliver the drugs to London at the command of their ruthless mother Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas). Upon learning that Billy has been murdered, Crystal travels to Bangkok to claim his body, and bury the people responsible for his death. Driven by the devastated Crystal to avenge his brother's brutal death, taciturn Julian becomes entangled with a ruthless police detective who practices his own definition of justice.~Jason Buchanan
Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Nicolas Winding Refn
Behind the scenes
The Music of Only God Forgives with Cliff Martinez
A very stylistically beautiful abstract film yet so shockingly violent that many may turn off by that entirely. If you look beyond the violence, there are some very interesting ideas. And on the technical level, you can't deny the beauty of the cinematography. If you want to own this, get it in bluray.
Not perfect but if you are fan of Winding Refn....
Its not his best film (Drive) but this films does inherent some of the behaviors of that film. The score is great and the acting is great. The violence is a bit over the top so if you have a weak stomach, you have been warned.
Only God Forgives is a brutally violent but stylistically captivating film that's layered beyond its surface. The problem is that said surface is so refined, so beautiful that it's sometimes difficult to see the deeper themes and meaning underneath. Multiple viewings open up the film and a second proves much more satisfying than the first when it's a bit easier to look beyond the style and find the other pieces yearning to be discovered therein. Anchor Bay's Blu-ray release of Only God Forgives features high quality video and audio. A nice array of bonus content is included. Highly recommended.
Another Ryan Gosling / Nicholas Winding Refn project but is WAY more strange than "Drive". It has all the elements that their previous works are known for with and story that is more twisted than his usual. Great visuals and soundtrack!!