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New Teasers For ‘Only God Forgives’ and ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’

Only God Forgives Teaser
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You really can’t find two more different films than the Ryan Gosling vehicle ‘Only God Forgives‘ the blockbuster fantasy epic ‘Jack the Giant Slayer,’ but here they are, both existing side-by-side in the same post because one has released its first teaser footage and another has a new poster to examine. Check ‘em out below!

The last time Ryan Gosling teamed up with director Nicholas Winding Refn, we got the spectacularly (and spectacularly violent) ‘Drive,’ which transformed the soft-spoken actor in a badass and borderline sociopathic criminal. Well, when you have a partnership this strong, you don’t fix what isn’t broken and a new French teaser for ‘Only God Forgives’ showcases a film that plays in the same ballpark as ‘Drive,’ with Gosling getting involved in problems that require guns, bladed weapons and kickboxing to solve. If it’s half as good as their previous collaboration, this will be a nasty little thriller well worth seeking out.

‘Only God Forgives’ is slated to open on May 23rd, but expect it to get some festival play before then. Here’s the official 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.”

Let’s now exit the bloody world of the Thai criminal underworld and journey to a fantasy kingdom populated by giants and the boys who kill them. After an extremely prolonged and troubled production history, director Bryan Singer’s ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ (formerly ‘Jack the Giant Killer’) will arrive on March 1st…but you wouldn’t know it from the marketing, which has yet to really get rolling at all aside from a disastrously bad trailer. Can this European teaser poster assuage our fears about this one?

Jack the Giant Slayer Poster
Warner Bros.

Nope. Like the full trailer, everything on display in that poser is about an unappealing as you can possibly imagine, from the generic design of the giant to the truly atrocious CGI bringing him to non-life. Singer must be thanking is lucky stars that he has the new ‘X-Men’ movie on his plate because this thing looks like a disaster.

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