ONLY GOD FORGIVES Poster Goes Neon And Mysterious

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As we've been tracking Only God Forgives, Nicolas Winding Refn's upcoming thriller starring Ryan Gosling, we've noted an excess of brutality, blood, and Bangkok, where the film is set.

A new poster, however, shifts things in another direction, reminding me of the poster for Holy Motors. Quality-wise, that pleases me, since the Leos Carax picture is one of my favorites of recent times, but I have no idea how the neon mask is meant to sell anyone on the idea of going to see Only God Forgives, especially those whose interest has not yet been aroused. Point in its favor: I like the weathered effect of the full-size poster.

Does the new poster intrigue or mystify? Only God Forgives is due in U.S. theaters on July 19.

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