Excerpt: John White has reviewed Only God Forgives for this website and you can find his review here . I pretty much agree with everything he says and although the film is likely to divide viewers, it's not quite like anything else I've ever seen.
Excerpt: As part of the financing for Drive , director Nicolas Winding Refn committed to making a second movie. That second movie was Only God Forgives , a nearly silent film starring Ryan Gosling, relying heavily on a steady electronic score from composer Cliff Martinez.
Summary: Though the film may not have met my initial expectations, the film still is a refreshing piece of violent art in an era of filmmaking where the directors are afraid to take chances and when studios are looking for the next remake or sequel.
Conclusion: Nicolas Winding Refn opts for far more style than substance in Only God Forgives , which renders it a major disappointment following the highly enjoyable Drive . One hopes his considerable directing talents are applied to something less violent and more meaningful in the near-future.
Excerpt: Set in a sweaty Bangkok, within a heat-lamp palette of harsh reds and blacks, Only God Forgives starts out in hell, then pushes even further into demonic darkness, resolutely growing more stifling and sinister.
Summary: Only God Forgives is as stylish and remarkably violent as it is genuinely moving and thought provoking. This is more than just beautifully photographed exotic bloodshed if you’re willing to look beneath the surface and despite the similarities to Drive it sees both Refn and Gosling going in...
Conclusion: From Nicolas Winding Refn, if you're expecting another film that matches up with 'Drive,' prepare yourself for disappointment. 'Only God Forgives' may have the strong filmmaking qualities that we wish every film carried, but the story itself is messy and missing several key elements that connect us...