"Only God Forgives"
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam, Byron Gibson and Tom Burke
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Both grounded in the moment and woozily surreal, Nicholas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives is fire and brimstone fantasia. Refn unwinds traditional placeholders of good and evil, prodding the swaying stack of violence's wrath, watching the pieces tumble. Through the unearthing art and philosophy as one, Refn's knack for cinematography, tone, samurai-like violence and a pounding score deliver extraordinarily on all fronts and the result is aggressively cinematic. As an indulgent but arresting masterclass in cinema, Refn has again delivered a towering work. Even when the film is as subtle as a neon sign, it's as sharp as a wakizashi, making Only God Forgives a 21st century creation myth at its most boldly esoteric.