Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death.
Bangkok. Ten years ago Julian killed a cop and went on the run. Now he manages a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation. Respected in the criminal underworld, deep inside, he feels empty. When Julian's brother murders a prostitute, the police call on retired cop Chang - the Angel of Vengeance. Chang allows the father to kill his daughter's murderer, then 'restores order' by chopping off the man's right hand. Julian's mother Jenna - the head of a powerful criminal organization - arrives in Bangkok to collect her son's body. She dispatches Julian to find his killers and 'raise hell'. Written by
Only God Forgives is a movie that is driven inherently by its visuals and not much else. Without giving away too much, Julian (Ryan Gosling) is being coaxed by his mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) to avenge the killing of his brother.
Looking from the directing perspective, if you've seen Drive there's no point in seeing this. I felt like Nicolas Refn is testing the limits of the audience because the first 30 minutes felt like a test of restraint on my part. Maybe his style just isn't my thing.
In the acting department, Thomas is very memorable. Her overbearing and somewhat peculiar mother is very effective in providing an anchor for the audience to make up their own minds about the motivations of her sons. Her work is exemplary.
I recommend seeing this if you consider yourself a fan of the movies. However if you're looking for a memorable story you might want to look elsewhere.
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