When Nicolas Winding Refn's highly stylized revenge movie Only God Forgives
debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013, it joined a rarified list of features that were roundly and loudly booed by those attending the renowned event. Such a reception has greeted films that have gone on to become classics (L'Avventura
), as well as infamous bombs (The Brown Bunny
). Only God Forgives
is far more likely to end up in the latter category.
The movie stars Ryan Gosling as Julian, an American drug dealer in Thailand who operates a Muay Thai boxing club as a legal front. In the film's opening act, his vicious older brother Billy (Tom Burke) hi...