Nicolas Winding Refn’s hotly anticipated follow up to his commercially successful Drive is anything but. The Danish filmmaker may envelope audiences within a similar hyper-stylised world of neon-noir, but where Drive remains grounded (comparatively at least) Only God Forgives is unmercifully excessive, extremely challenging and deeply disturbing. But, despite everything it does to distance the viewer, it remains strangely compelling. Continue reading Only God Forgives Review
A film of two halves
Derek Cianfrance’s follow up to his emotionally gripping Blue Valentine had fans immediately excited after it was revealed that the American filmmaker would be reuniting with Ryan Gosling. Much like the Golden Globe-nominated performance he previously provided in Cianfrance’s anti-romantic Sundance-hit, the Hollywood heartthrob is the driving force behind this ambitious project. Sadly, he’s also the only memorable part of it.
Once Upon a Time in “Istanbul”
Unlike other senior action headliners returning to the genre in an attempt to cash-in on their popularity and reputation, Liam Neeson made his debut in mainstream action cinema late on in his acting career. Pierre Morel’s 2008-hit Taken was the spark that ignited the, then fifty-six year old, actor’s remarkable rejuvenation that saw him subsequently star in at least eight action flicks. Four years since the original, Neeson returns to his role as retired CIA operative Bryan Mills for a predictable sequel, but in this case under the direction of the underwhelming, but brilliantly named Olivier Megaton.