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)


    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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


    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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