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Only God Forgives (2013) – Exceptionally beautiful cinematography meets loose storyline

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Category: Action/ Thriller/ Drama
Actors: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam
Duration: 90 min
Rated: R

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Long Story Short: Julian runs a boxing club in Bangkok which is a coverup for a huge drug business that him and his brother run. They are both respected men. But when his brother kills an under aged prostitute, all hell brakes lose.

Review: First of all I have not seen Nicolas Winding Refn’s previous movie Drive – at least not yet – so I cannot compare the two movies and get upset about what a let down this one was compared to Drive. I was wondering why Ryan Gossling said about 5 sentences in the movie, and I didn’t really understand his motivation or intentions. I believe he just wants to have a normal life. Kristin Scott Thomas plays his very dominant mother who seems to have a very disturbed and twisted relationship to her sons. And she was great at whatever she was given. There wasn’t much plot and I wished they would have said a little more. I noticed that sometimes minutes went by without people talking. The few fighting and torture scenes are pretty graphic, but they stop where it would get disgusting. The cinematography of this movie very beautiful and it actually seemed to me like I was looking at many wonderful images by a very talented photographer. It’s obvious that having a perfect setting and mood was a priority of the director VS having a meaningful story. In most parts the actors held their positions for about ten seconds until they continued, like someone was taking pictures, which was probably the case. I do understand if people get upset about this movie and call it bad and senseless, but I was very impressed by all the beautiful images, and the perfect arrangements of lighting and objects, which created such an amazing atmosphere. But I guess you could save your money by just looking up images from Bangkok on Google.

Rating: 5/10

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