I’ve seen every film to date from “Nicholas Winding Refn” and I have enjoyed every one of them. From his early days when he done “the pusher” films to “Valhalla rising” and then he met his main man “Ryan gosling” and done “drive”. I hope that this is the start of a director and actor relationship like we see with Martin Scorsese and Leonardo Dicaprio, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp and David Fincher and Brad Pitt. I thought this film to be his most challenging yet. The story follows Julian who is played by “Ryan gosling”. He owns a Thai boxing gym in Bangkok but his main source of income comes from selling Heroin and cocaine. When his older brother is murdered (and rightly so!) Julian’s dominating mother arrives and forces Julian to avenge his brothers death.
I watched this with my girlfriend (mistake) so every time “Ryan Gosling” was on the screen I’d hear the words “Hubba Hubba”. So I repeatedly gave her my evil stare and thought if she keeps doing that then I shall put on a certain scene in “black swan” and make her watch that over and over again (don’t sound that bad actually). My point was that she never enjoyed the film ( Ben though mr dreamy was in it), this is a really strange one and we basically have a silent movie for the first 30 minutes of the film. It’s beautifully shot and it gets very loud after the first half hour or so but to begin with we have really strange and beautiful cinematography, but that could be a viewers idea of hell and I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people didn’t make it through the first half.
This is unlike anything “Ryan Gosling” has done before, I have respect for that. I read in empire magazine about a year ago that this is the toughest role that that he has ever done and that he has never before been pushed to such limits.
I found that extremely hard to believe, in the first 30 minutes he was just staring at walls and watching girls touch themselves (don’t sound that hard) but then when things get going you can see that this man has went serious training to be at the level he was at for the role.
Overall a unique film that wouldn’t be suited to everyone. A generous amount of gore and beautifully choreographed fight scenes and top notch acting from everyone.

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