Review: Only God Forgives (2013)

Review: Only God Forgives (2013)

Ryan Gosling, Kristen Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm


This month’s newest blockbuster has gathered intense anticipation for viewing. Only God Forgives is a 2013 crime thriller based around a stunning scenic Bangkok, starring Ryan Gosling, Kristen Scott Thomas, and Vithaya Pansringarm.

Numerous details are under speculation regarding a mother’s love with her two sons and their drug empire. The other boundary is the order of principal from a Thai policeman. The music, sound and anticipation are sleek. Dark, chilling undertones take us to an underground Bangkok filled with drugs, machismo and decadence where photogenic Julian (Gosling) sets out on revenge of sorts for his fallen brother. Mother Kristen Scott Thomas takes a complete sultry transformation as the ring leading empress.


The city’s hive of sexual activity in general daily life borderlining on prostitution, masturbation and voyeurism questions influences from film 8MM. Neon darkness and tense secrets best left unknown behind closed doors add to the chilling gore fest.


Poverty, motherly love split and bare knuckle fighting against martial arts creates a world of divide between rich and poor and eastern/western culture differences highlighted in an appealing manner.

Gosling’s charismatic speech impediment for a whole twenty-three minutes has no complaints. Smooth, well guided and strong narrative with deep empathic darkness add hidden depth.


Lonely females served up as sex objects in the cinematography is perfectly compelling. A gawk at Gosling’s steady crotch thirty-two minutes in is as close to it as you can get. Signs of incest alongside sadistic measures applied in achieving results may offer negativity elsewhere, however further condition production.


Police corruption, brotherly separation and family oppression speak volumes for real problems in a fictional contrast. This will draw viewers to the box office from the gritty, tender trailers with gorgeous Gosling in his dapper appeal. Outside of the film, many will undoubtedly share the appraisal of “I love Ryan Gosling” even more. This highlights Gosling has starred well and held a strong narrative arch in scenes. The film itself is a cultural and chilling masterpiece that creates tension. The few riddles presented exceptionally and not overbearing carry the viewer with the film’s streamline. The human killing machine in copper Vithaya Pansringarm adds to a double standard of justification though at times draws empathy in his quest for order.


Scott’s favouritism in a shady past and stich up along the story sequence is a revelation of all sorts that puts her at the heart of the story. Unrecognizable and headstrong, Scott, with powerful body language telling its own story in a story, has been given a mighty role many actresses would struggle to creatively progress with.


The cinematography is a roaring success.


It may not be a timeless classic you will constantly view but you may watch it a few good times overall. The artwork and tone certainly give this a 4 of 5 stars rating and hottest property for the summer in cinema. A must see for suspense lovers. Or those looking for the guy two doors down from the guy next door. Feminists might enjoy the underlying tone of protecting women in society.