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Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive follow-up boasts plenty of lurid ultraviolence but precious little originality

Well, I thought, after Only God Forgives, that makes two movies in a row Nicolas Winding Refn has got through without disembowelling a single person. Well done. Such restraint. And yet … Elsewhere, two men have a total of three arms subtracted by sword. A raped and murdered Thai prostitute is glimpsed in a vast lake of blood, and soon thereafter her killer is seen horribly mutilated, maimed, murdered and enucleated, the latter being pretty much my personal final frontier in the realm of movie ultraviolence (you can eat my brains and stew my flesh all the live-long day, but for pity's sake leave my eyeballs alone). And then it happens again, on screen this time, to a man whose all four limbs have been skewered to his chair with steel chopsticks.

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- John Patterson

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