Only God Forgives Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Only God Forgives

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong bloody violence, coarse language and sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    But will audiences?

  • Starring:

    Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam, Vithaya Pansringarm, Tom Burke, Byron Gibson, Gordon Brown, Charlie Ruedpokanon, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Joe Cummings

  • Directed by:

    Nicolas Winding Refn

  • Running time:

    86 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A man opens fire on a crowded restaurant. A child watches as a man is eviscerated. People are threatened, shot, maimed, hit, stabbed, throat-slit, gouged, tortured, punched, glassed, dragged, beaten with objects, burned. Yelling, screaming. Patricide mentioned. Thai kickboxing match and training. Blood/gore: Corpses covered in blood. Blood on clothing, hands, arms, face, objects. Bloody bullet wounds. Bandaged arm stump in sling. Extensive bruising.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Masturbation, orgasm, sexual touching. Prostitution, child prostitution.Shirtless men (boxing competitors), men in jockstraps (dancers). Woman in underwear. Skimpy clothing, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, spirits). Smoking. Drug dealing (heroin, cocaine) mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-words, f-words, n-word, b*tch, slang for genitalia and bodily functions. Name-calling. Religious references. A mother frequently belittles her son.

  • THEMES:

    Drug-smuggling, revenge, murder, prostitution, Muay Thai, karaoke, Bangkok, corruption, parental favouritism, family, business, redemption.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Murdered/raped teenage daughter, murdered brother/son, murdered mother. Abortion mentioned. Brothel setting. Dogs. Some Thai language (subtitled).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Lively performance from Kristin Scott Thomas. Moody, unflinching, entrancing, horrifying, strange, mesmeric, woozy, disturbing, slick, nasty, minimalist. Powerful visuals and soundtrack.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Repetitive, slow-paced, ugly, bizarre, disastrous, lethargic, empty, silly. Uninteresting, detached characters. Overuse of red in visuals, overbearing soundtrack, annoying use of single-person framing. Endlessly violent.

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