– Summary –
Director : JC Chandor
Year Of Release : 2014
Principal Cast : Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks, Catalina Sandino Morino, Ashley Williams, Elyes Gabel, Jerry Adler.
Approx Running Time : 125 Minutes
Synopsis: In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history.
What we think : Terrific lead performances and an unambiguous screenplay provide viewers with a powerful, if slow-moving story of standing tall amidst city-wide corruption. A Most Violent Year is compelling human drama, a journey worth taking, and a film you’ll remember.
Always about the oil.
As a former employee of a major oil company, I’m so glad I wasn’t around back in the 80’s. The war for control of oil in New York City’s cold, cold winters through the early 80’s is brought into sharp relief in A Most Violent Year, a sl0wburn dramatic crime thriller from director JC Chandor, who previously helmed All Is Lost with Robert Redford. Featuring a star turn from Oscar Isaac (last seen in Inside Llewyn Davis), and a wonderful performance by Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year harkens back to the grim, gritty crime thrillers of the 70’s (to me, anyway) with its relaxed style allowing the dramatic heft to remain front and center.