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Zavvi Exclusive Steelbook - Enter competiton to design artwork at Empire Magazine.
Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and Ryan Gosling (The Place Beyond the Pines) reunite in the highly acclaimed Only God Forgives - a stylish, mesmerising and thrilling journey through Bangkok's criminal underworld.
Julian (Gosling) runs a boxing club as a front for a drugs operation. He has everything he wants for and is respected in the criminal underworld though, deep inside, he feels empty.
When Julian's brother is murdered, his mother (Kristin Scott Thomas, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) - the head of a powerful criminal organization - arrives in Bangkok to collect her son's body. Furious with grief, she dispatches Julian to find his killers and 'raise hell'.
The stage is set for a bloody journey of betrayal and vengeance towards a final confrontation and the possibility of redemption.
Hailed as 'mesmeric, mad, brutal and brilliant' by The Guardian, Only God Forgives is a twisted, breathtaking, neon-drenched fairytale that you'll never forget.
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Well what to say ........... If your looking for another slow brooding performance form Ryan Gosling you will definitely find it here. But do not think that your in for another Drive as this films seems to have been a car crash. It doesn't really make any sense and is hard to follow. I'm not sure even if the actors know what's going on as there are a lot of confused faces throughout . There are some nice bits of bloody violence but overall the film lacks any real sense of a story and fails miserably to live up to the combination of Gosling and Winding Refn in Drive. The steelbook design is a little like the film itself dark, colourful and pointless.
There's very little dialogue in this film and at first glance it may appear to be style over substance but there is quite a bit of depth to it's characters. There's no good or bad guys. The two central characters are both good and bad in their own ways. Only God Forgives isn't the easy watch that Drive is due in no small part to it's very slow pace but I found it to be quite rewarding. It's also stunning to look at.
Still not sure about this film. I loved Drive (as most people do), so was very excited to see this, expecting more of the same. This film is completely different from Drive, which is a good thing. But it is so different that some people might be disappointed. It is beautifully shot, every image is gorgeous. It is also very slow and deliberate in its plot and pacing. Very surreal and dreamlike. It is also very violent, but then it is a Nicholas Refn Winding film. I think I need to watch it a few times more to mine the deeper meaning beneath the surface, because I am pretty sure there is one. The steelbook like the film is very different and unusual. The image on the front is very striking and I like the colours. A bit of embossing would have been nice. The inner art is the same flower design as the back. I would have preferred a different image inside, but it is still very nice. So if you fancy a beautifully shot, violent, strange, unusual and challenging film then give it a go.
Overall it is an extremely good looking Steelbook. The artwork is neat, simple and very appealing. There's inside artwork and it adopts the same style used in the back cover of the Steelbook. My only complaint goes to the lettering finish which is poor and barely visible. The red and black aren't really the best contrast colors. Whereas in the front cover might be a conceptual option by the designer/illustrator by not having the lettering popping up, on the spine the lettering should be more noticeable but unfortunately it is practicable unreadable.
Having not read anything about this movie before watching, I expected a lot, having been a huge fan of both actor and director in Drive. The movie starts off with good promise, but showed flashes of David Fincher type oddity, not a bad thing you might say. I don't want to ruin it with spoilers, but this movie ultimately left me going "humph" at the end, and I'm not hater of strange movies, but the ending left me thinking "why did I bother" and the mrs saying "why do you pick mad movies". The karaoke scenes are lol and weird.
If you like beautifully shot, edited and scored films with gratuitous gore and violence topped off with story of love and forgiveness then this is for you. It's an art house crime-drama from director Nicholas Winding Refn starring Ryan Gosling - some of you may recognise these two working together previously on 2011's 'Drive' - another fantastic film. The pace of this movie is intentionally slow and steady, composed beautifully (seriously - you could pause and print out every one and frame it) and filled with tension. It's not for the faint-hearted as there as more than a few scenes in which the violence does not cut when you'd normally expect... it's Refn afterall - just take a look at his catalogue of work and you'll understand why. There's more to the story than meets the eye. Pay attention to the characters and the roles they play. It's gripping, intense and contains occasional moments of very dark humour. Sit back and enjoy this movie on a Saturday night but you may want to finish the night with a slapstick before bed time.
One of the most underrated movies this year! Nicolas Winding Refn reunites with Ryan gosling after the huge succes of Drive in 2011 to give us something totally different ! The movie is closer to valhalla rising according to me , and it's really a very well made psychological story in which the psyche of the character is reflected in the images you see on the screen. You can see that the director uses code of horror movies , noire thriller to serve the story telling and it works : I was on the edge of my seat during the whole 90 min of the film. It'll remind you of the great Kubrick and the Giallo movies. The steelbook arts is also great , it was made by a fan who won a contest made by Empire magazine to design the steelbook.
Start by saying i love the steelbook design wise. And , the disc content is great. Always will buy steelbooks of my favourite films or in this case director. Now to the film itself. You can't review OGF unless you talk of its comparisions to Drive. This was an excelent movie with Ryan Gosling at its heartbeat. This however is a strange film not many twists and turns the plot seems ordinary in comparision. The viewer seems to know whats going to happen next. Not saying i didn't like it, just found the ending predictable and all a bit slow in places. Kristin Scott Thomas seems to be going through the motions as well. Did think they could have found a better mother figure for the movie role. Overall do watch the villian role is quite cool who tortues(kills) people in some unusual ways. Very x rated though so not for the faint hearted.