Ryan Gosling really wants to fight in the new Only God Forgives trailer

Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives

I feel like we’ve had a lot of misleading marketing campaigns lately where the campaign is trying to sell a drama as an action film.  DEAD MAN DOWN was a great example of this and it seems ONLY GOD FORGIVES is falling into the same pitfall.  The sad thing is, if the film was marketed appropriately, I think it would do better.  As it is, I’m not convinced this great film from Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn is going to be able to find a home.  And I’m sick of every trailer and TV spot showing the “wanna fight” scene from the film.  Yes, it was great when that was the first scene shown, but we’ve seen it before, so show us something different.  Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, ONLY GOD FORGIVES stars: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Burke, Yayaying, Vithaya Pansringarm, Byron Gibson, Sahajak Boonthanakit and Gordon Brown. The film opens in theaters on July 19th.

ONLY GOD FORGIVES official synopsis: Bangkok. Julian (Ryan Gosling) runs a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation. He has everything he wants for and is respected in the criminal underworld though, deep inside, he feels empty. When Julian’s brother murders a prostitute the police call on retired cop Chang – the Angel of Vengeance (Vithaya Pansringarm). Chang allows the father to kill his daughter’s murderer, then ‘restores order’ by chopping off the man’s right hand. Julian’s mother Jenna (Kristin Scott Thomas) – the head of a powerful criminal organization – arrives in Bangkok to collect her son’s body. She dispatches Julian to find his killers and ‘raise hell’. Increasingly obsessed with the Angel of Vengeance, Julian challenges him to a boxing match, hoping that by defeating him he might find spiritual release… but Chang triumphs. A furious Jenna plots revenge and the stage is set for a bloody journey through betrayal and vengeance towards a final confrontation and the possibility of redemption.

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