Top actor Ryan Gosling plays the main character Julian in Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn’s new film, which was filmed in Bangkok. The film was booed after screening and reportedly a number of people walked out before the movie was even done playing.
Refn and Gosling were succesful two years ago in Cannes with their collaboration ”Drive”, which won the Golden Palm in 2011, but “Only God Forgives” is given little chance at the festival.
The movie was shot in Thailand and centers around Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok’s criminal underworld, who sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother’s recent death.
The movie divided audiences as it was booed at after the screening and most reviews are harsh.
“Movies really don’t get much worse than Nicholas Winding Refn‘s ‘Only God Forgives’,” wrote Hollywood Elsewhere’s Jeffrey Wells.
Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw was one of the critics in the other end of the scale and wrote:
“Only God Forgives” will, understandably, have people running for the exits, and running for the hills. It is very violent, but Winding Refn’s bizarre infernal creation, an entire created world of fear, really is gripping. Every scene, every frame, is executed with pure formal brilliance. I’m afraid it’s going to be even nastier the next time I watch it.”