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First lo-res teaser for Only God Forgives breaks down the online door

Jan. 7, 2013by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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Every time I watch DRIVE I find something new to love. But the one constant that has remained for me throughout every viewing is how well star Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn seemed to click. Their chemistry led to a certain special kind of synergy, a particular brand of cohesion, which infused the project all the way through and was one of the more significant factors in elevating DRIVE to another level of filmmaking and storytelling.

So it's a good thing they're working together, even if it's for only one more motion picture.  And ONLY GOD FORGIVES, a film for which we have the plot but barely any idea what it's actually about per se, is that film.  Set in Bangkok and full of Refn's very particular brand of brutality, even the lo-res version of its visuals seen below is striking.  And considering that the film is, according to The Hollywood Reporter, set to release on May 23rd (right around its rumored Cannes premiere), I would imagine we'll be seeing plenty of hi-res stills and video sooner rather than later.

Hopefully, anyway.  For the sake and sanity of the film's fans, and more specifically their expectations that are surely skyrocketing into an almost unmatchable place.  The line between overhype and excited expectation is a dangerous one, but I have confidence that ONLY GOD FORGIVES will stay the course.  But what about you?

Plot recap: Julian (Gosling) lives in exile in Bangkok where he runs a Thai boxing club as a front for the family’s drugs smuggling operation. When Julian’s brother Billy is killed their mother, Jenna (Kristen Scott Thomas), arrives in the city. She wants revenge and forces Julian to find the killer. Julian’s contacts in the criminal underworld lead him directly to The Angel of Vengeance, a retired police officer who knows everything and who is both Judge and Punisher. Jenna demands that Julian kill The Angel of Vengeance, an act that will cost him dearly.

Extra Tidbit: What's the last film to really live up to its hype for you? DREDD 3D is mine.
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8:54AM on 01/08/2013

Sweet!!

looks awesome, loved drive this looks as good!


FUCK YESSS!!
looks awesome, loved drive this looks as good!


FUCK YESSS!!
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5:06PM on 01/07/2013
i am so fucking down for this..Refn has not disappointed me yet!
i am so fucking down for this..Refn has not disappointed me yet!
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4:14PM on 01/07/2013
Slap that teaser with an epic 80's style retro style soundtrack and we're rockin'!
Slap that teaser with an epic 80's style retro style soundtrack and we're rockin'!
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1:25PM on 01/07/2013

Looks good

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1:14PM on 01/07/2013

Looks good

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10:11AM on 01/07/2013

It looks perfect!

This is the movie I most want to see this year. From America anyway.
This is the movie I most want to see this year. From America anyway.
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9:31AM on 01/07/2013
One of my most anticipated for 2013! If this is just as good as Drive, which I think it will be then watch out!
One of my most anticipated for 2013! If this is just as good as Drive, which I think it will be then watch out!
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8:38AM on 01/07/2013

im in a minority

Im one of the few people that really didnt like "Drive". I thought it was contrived and overly violent. But i do see the appeal and am willing to give this movie a try, though at this point i'm kinda expecting the same thing. As for the extra tidbit, the last film i saw in theaters that really lived up to the hype would be "Django Unchained". "Avengers" was also probably the most fun i've had at the theater all year
Im one of the few people that really didnt like "Drive". I thought it was contrived and overly violent. But i do see the appeal and am willing to give this movie a try, though at this point i'm kinda expecting the same thing. As for the extra tidbit, the last film i saw in theaters that really lived up to the hype would be "Django Unchained". "Avengers" was also probably the most fun i've had at the theater all year
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12:04PM on 01/07/2013
Soooo Drive was overly violent for you...but Django Unchained wasn't? Ummmm....wut?
Soooo Drive was overly violent for you...but Django Unchained wasn't? Ummmm....wut?
2:54PM on 01/07/2013
Sometimes the sensational violence just doesn't seem to fit the style/context of the film. Totally know where you're coming from. Still though....drive was the shit.
Sometimes the sensational violence just doesn't seem to fit the style/context of the film. Totally know where you're coming from. Still though....drive was the shit.
8:21AM on 01/07/2013
This movie is going to be great! And I know I am guessing right. Can't wait. As for a movie that lived up to its hype for me is obviously Batman. I don't care what people think. That movie was brilliant.
This movie is going to be great! And I know I am guessing right. Can't wait. As for a movie that lived up to its hype for me is obviously Batman. I don't care what people think. That movie was brilliant.
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7:46AM on 01/07/2013

AHHH!!! DAMMIT!

Not another teaser for a teaser trailer!!! But still, this looks amazing as expected.
Not another teaser for a teaser trailer!!! But still, this looks amazing as expected.
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