Only God Forgives (Winding Refn, 2013): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 8.45pm
This is going to be one of the most talked-about films of the year. Rex Reed has labelled the latest from Nicholas Winding Refn one of the worst of all-time while others have been ecstatic in their praise. It certainly sounds a movie worth catching and the BFI are showing it tonight in a special preview.
BFI Southbank preview: Fans of ultra-violence won’t be disappointed with this Bangkok-set
gangster story, directed by Refn (Drive, Bronson). Julian (Ryan Gosling) runs
a Muay Thai boxing club, co-owned by his brother Billy who is murdered
by a vengeful father after a particularly violent evening. With his
truly chilling mother demanding he take revenge and a sword-wielding
police man watching his every move, Julian is caught in a chain of
events that will lead him down a luridly lit corridor of bloodshed.
Here is the trailer.