Thursday, June 20, 2013

Trailer: Only God Forgives, Ryan Gosling reteams with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn

In Only God Forgives, Ryan Gosling plays a respected Bangkok criminal and boxing club owner who is ordered by his crime lord mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) to avenge his brother's death. Judging by the trailer's colorful imagery and pulsing music, OGF looks and sounds as highly stylized as Refn's Drive. It may also share Drive's lack of dialogue, with one early review saying it's, "equipped with a script that would hardly fill four or five pages." Its reception at Cannes was polarized, with critics both booing and giving standing ovations. As of today, its Rotten Tomatometer is only 29% with 17 reviews. I'm curious how a film that seems so stylistically similar to critically acclaimed Drive could be received so differently. Gosling prepared with Muay Thai training, so expect some action. Only God Forgives strikes theaters on July 19, 2013.

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