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Nicolas Winding Refn, 2013

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If you don’t like stylised violence, look away now. Drive alumni Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling reunite for a thriller painted in blood and neon that unfolds in a dreamlike swoon like the last 20 minutes of Taxi Driver.

Gosling continues to evolve his enigmatic and mercurial screen persona as a Bangkok drug dealer avenging his murdered brother. Kristin Scott Thomas slinks on screen as the mother, wearing blonde locks, cat’s eyes and a serpent’s tongue, as a catalyst for chaos and Freudian overtones.

There is little sign of God or forgiveness but murderous mayhem has seldom been so slick.

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