Danish Director Nicolas Winding Refn comes fresh form hos cross over hot ‘Drive’ with a dark philosophical thriller set in Bangkok. The visual style is soaked in David Lynch style gorgeous blood red shades; add the detached madness of Stanley Kubrick or Park Chan-wook and you sort of have it.
Starring Ryan Gosling again oozes charisma as he searches for his brother’s killer, Kristen Scott Thomas adds weight to the role of Gosling’s theatrical and loquacious mother in a role which allows for her detached love to shine.
However the undoubted star of the show is Vithaya Pansringarm as a lethally righteous policeman, dubbed as the Angel of Vengeance – who plays it all with a hypnotic performance style.
Gosling’s almost silent journey into a moral maelstrom, is compounded by the director’s carefully sustained atmosphere in this wonderfully fragmented story. He plays it all with the eyes to convey guilt and anguish at the sins of his brother and the rage of his mother.
Refn’s films are often quite abstract with moments of commercial appeal, with his avant-garde storytelling style and gift for a dark atmosphere for this material.
That it is dedicated to El Topo creator Alejandro Jodorowsky tells more than I can possibly say here!