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: 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.
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...
Summary: Eliciting boos at Cannes before winning top honours at the Sydney Film Fest, Only God Forgives is proving even more polarising than the last Nicolas Winding Refn / Ryan Gosling collaboration, Drive . Ostensibly a crime narrative, tonally it’s more of a surreal horror.
Conclusion: Winding Refn räjäytti vuonna 2011 pankin elokuvallaan Drive , josta tuli sekä mainstream-menestys että kulttihitti. Siinä missä moni ohjaaja olisi jatkanut tekemällä lisää samaa, päätti Refn olla tanskalaiseen tapaan hankala ja tehdä oidipaalisen taide-elokuvan.