Only God Forgives (2013)

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Only God Forgives (2013)


Before Only God Forgives, the last 5 full-length movies that Ryan Gosling starred in were all high caliber films.  That being said, I did not know a whole lot about Only God Forgives before watching it, but I figured that with Gosling’s track record, it had to be good.

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Only God Forgives takes place in the slums of Bangkok.  Julian (Ryan Gosling) is part of a drug-smuggling family.  After Julian’s brother is murdered, Julian’s mother wants him to find and kill the man responsible.  Things get more complicated after Julian finds out the reason why his brother was killed.

The movie was written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Tom Burke, and Sahajak Boonthanakit.

Let me just say, I figured way wrong!

The film was painstakingly drawn out.  It was dark, graphic, weird, awkward, hard to follow, boring, pointless, and just plain bad.  It tried way too hard to be something special, but it just turned out to be one of the worst movies that I have seen all year.  In fact, it might just be the worst movie of the year.  It is certainly Ryan Gosling’s worst movie.

I wanted to turn the movie off halfway through.  I kept waiting for it to get better, but it never did.  It just got worse, and worse.

I try not to be so blatantly harsh when it comes to reviewing films, but I am going to make an exception with this one.  Let me just be blunt, and honest.  Overall, Only God Forgives is just crap.

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To all of you Ryan Gosling fans out there, he is bad in this movie, but the movie is even worse.  I am a big Gosling fan.  Do not waste your time with this film.

I rate this movie a 1 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  RUN!


About Brock Winspear

Structure Therapist and Film Critic

Posted on October 23, 2013, in Don't Watch This Movie, Drama Movie Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. no interest in seeing this at all

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