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.
Nicolas Winding Refn
Kristin Scott Thomas,
The sixteen year-old aspiring model Jesse arrives in Los Angeles expecting to be a successful model. The aspirant photographer Dean takes photos for her portfolio and dates her. Jesse befriends the lesbian makeup artist Ruby and then the envious models Gigi and Sarah in a party. Meanwhile the agency considers Jesse beautiful with a "thing" that makes her different and she is sent to the professional photographer Jack. Jesse attracts he attention of the industry and has a successful beginning of career. But Ruby, Gigi and Sarah are capable to do anything to get her "thing". Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Its no secret that Refn makes extremely violent movies (like a broad numbers of other directors) - But in his first one, Pusher (which was outstanding), made over a decade ago, you could certainly defend that violent approach due to the great story being told.
However in The Neon Demon Refn seems to loose his ground dwelling into explicit violence and leaving out any reasonable reason why (I am sure he will disagree). The movie is simply without any substance and the story lacks a reasonable meaning - it comes out empty as a shell in my humble view.
Once before Refn tried to copy master David Lynch half psychotic/half sane universe (Twin Peaks, Lost Highway) when he made Fear X, but in my opinion Refn simply does not have the talent for this type of genre which The Neon Demon so obviously demonstrates.
It is not that Refn cant make movies. It just seems like he is more fascinated with violence and trying to be someone he is clearly not.
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