Nicolas Winding Refn directs Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansringarm in this Thailand set gangster revenge thriller.
I know this is not a popular film and many find it boring. For me it is a satisfyingly absorbing, unpredictable mood piece. Refn impregnates every scene with a lurid, illicit sense of unavoidable doom. It is sensual. Visually distinct. Sounds like a heart attack. Unsettling. Cool. The bursts of violence have an almost orgasmic impact. The boldly sketched characters are Shakespearean and pulp novel nightmares. There was every chance this wasn’t going to hold up on a second viewing, away from the cinema, away from the shock of the new. Really sure now, on revisit that I think Refn outdoes Lynch and De Palma at their most depraved and playful.
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