Total Film | Only God Forgives Review


Some will hate Only God Forgives, and rightly, for its misogynistic leanings; but there can be no question, despite his irksome tendency towards pretension, that Refn is a whiz when it comes to stylistic control.

Shot by Larry Smith, Refn’s cinematographer on Fear X and Bronson (2008), and scored by Drive composer Cliff Martinez, it looks and sounds magnificent, perfectly conjuring the feel of backstreet Bangkok.

What it lacks is a moral core and characters who are more than just cipher

It’s no Drive, and even hardcore fans will struggle to love a film that’s as mad as a bag of prawn crackers, but as an exercise in style, it has many moments to savour.

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