Only God Forgives (2013) Film Review


When Billy (Tom Burke) is killed after raping and murdering a sixteen-year-old girl in Bangkok, his mother Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas) sends her other son, Julian (Ryan Gosling) to obtain justice.

That’s pretty much it. There is some karaoke and a fair bit of police corruption, but essentially, there is very little plot. For the first half of the film, I wanted to call it ‘Ryan Gosling stares at things’ because that’s almost all that happens. This film was made by Nicolas Winding Refn who also directed Drive, and I think if you are looking for a stylish and extremely violent drama, just watch Drive again. This is like Drive but without the story.