The last time director Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling teamed up, they gave us the phenomenal film, Drive. When news broke back in March that the pair were teaming up for another, violent movie, you can imagine how excited I was about it. I am now even more excited because the first images have appeared online thanks to Kinopoisk and Empire. We have those images right here at the bottom of this post, and they are rather disturbing to say the least. Gosling looks like he has gone twelve rounds with Mike Tyson!
Some footage of Only God Forgives was shown at last weeks Cannes Film Festival, and there have been reports of Gosling’s character sticking his hand in a guys mouth and dragging him by his jaw. Refn described the film as a thriller produced as a Western set in the Far East, with a modern cowboy hero. A stunning mix of genres thee, and if anyone can pull it off, it is Refn. AICN were at Cannes to watch the footage, and one of their writers, Quint, described what he saw:
“There are a few Drive touchstones in the footage: long tracking shots, liberal use of neon lighting (in this case purple and green) and a silent, but violent Ryan Gosling. The footage opened with a long dolly shot down a dark and exotic hallway, overlaid with titles in a foreign language I’m pretty sure was Thai.”
Judging by those comments, it sounds like Only God Forgives is an unofficial sequel to Drive, meaning it will share the same sort of elements used in Drive, but will not actually be a sequel. If you remember, Gosling barely said a word in Drive either. Check out the synopsis next if you need proof of how good this film is likely to be, and for further proof, check out the images below.
Julian lives in exile in Bangkok where he runs a Thai boxing club as a front for the family’s drugs smuggling operation. When Julian’s brother Billy is killed their mother, Jenna, arrives in the city. She wants revenge and forces Julian to find the killer. Julian’s contacts in the criminal underworld lead him directly to The Angel of Vengeance, a retired police officer who knows everything and who is both Judge and Punisher. Jenna demands that Julian kill The Angel of Vengeance, an act that will cost him dearly.
By Matt Wavish