First Trailer for ONLY GOD FORGIVES

Like many people who love cinema and are obsessed with film, Drive was my absolute favorite film of 2011. Myself and those that share this opinion have been anxiously awaiting a peek at the next collaboration between Ryan Gosling and his Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn, Only God Forgives. Today, we have received that in all its red band glory. While I've tried not to read too much about the film with the desire of being genuinely surprised by what Refn will unleash upon the world next, I couldn't wait to watch this trailer. As hinted at by the bruised and beaten Gosling in the poster and the few seconds of footage we caught a few months ago this is going to be a violent and unflinching look at the seedy underworld in Thailand centered around a boxing club that is a front for a drug smuggling operation. Gosling seems to be doing his best silent and socially awkward personality while being a badass all the same. If these characteristics sound somewhat similar to the nameless driver he played for Refn last time around then I hope this film packs as much a punch as their last effort. Refn seems to have a specific style in mind as he saturates everything in red light and again has chosen a haunting yet weirdly original soundtrack. The whole mood of the piece is like a toxic roller coaster building to a showdown that we are left wondering as to how it might all go down. The clip is short, only a minute and a half, but in that time the film gives us reason enough to be excited without giving anything away at all. Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansringarm co-star. Only God Forgives is expected to open on May 23rd and play at the Cannes Film Festival. Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

Synopsis: 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.

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