“A Most Violent Year” raises the bar for J. C. Chandor, director and writer. The film tells the tale of Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) and his struggles as he tries to run a business cleanly in a dog-eat-dog capitalist setting. Read on for further details.
“A Most Violent Year” Synopsis:
“A Most Violent Year” kicks off with an unexpected opening — Julian (Elyes Gabel), an oil truck driver, gets attacked by unknown men who kick him out of his vehicle. Abel Morales signs off a deal for an oil holding facility in New York, pays the down and leaves him with a month to pay off the balance.
Abel wishes to run his company and succeed legitimately without doing dirty tricks or shoving off a competitor. Abel struggles to keep his business running while paying off the remaining balance within the end of the month, which his competitors knew about and could cost him his entire investment.
With all the politics and corruption involved, will he succeed in running his business in this type of setting and attitude?
“A Most Violent Year” Review:
“A tough, gritty, richly atmospheric thriller,” reviewed Scott Foundas of Variety.
J. C. Chandor has once again executed a marvelous story in the movie, “A Most Violent Year.” The director debuted with “Margin Call” and “All is Lost.”
“JC Chandor’s period crime drama is rigorous, resourceful and as smart as a whip,” said Xan Brooks of the Guardian.
Set in 1981, the year when violence rates were at its peak, “A Most Violent Year” shows its audience how one man struggled to live cleanly, even with all the dirty politics and corruption going on. You can see Abel’s struggle on keeping up his morals and beliefs with that of the company and society’s needs. He refuses to arm his drivers, insisting that coercion is not needed, suggesting the idea that we could all do better even in the face of hardships.
Jessica Chastain plays the role of Anna, Abel’s wife and the daughter of a Brooklyn mobster. Anna is much like her father and less of her husband when it comes to playing by the rules.
“A Most Violent Year” was named as the Best Film in 2014 by the National Board of Review on Dec. 2, 2014. Oscar Isaac was nominated as the Best Actor for the Gotham Award on Dec. 1, 2014.
The movie is set to air in a limited release on Dec. 31, 2014.
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Director and Screenwriter: J.C. Chandor
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Alessandro Nivola, Catalina Sandino, Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Elyes Gabel, Ben Rosenfield, John Procaccino
Running time: 124 min.