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A Most Violent Year (2014) Movie Information

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J.C. Chandor


Jessica Chastain
Oscar Isaac
Ashley Williams
Elyes Gabel
Elyes Gabel
Harris Yulin





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New York City - winter 1981 - considered one of the most violent years in the cities history. An immigrant and his family try to get by - expanding a business - even as the moral decay and corruption surrounding them threatens to bring down everything they have built. -- Chris Kavan

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Snoogans 08/20/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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'A Most Violent Year' is a more subdued realistic crime drama. On the surface this looks like the typical fare. You have a rich businessman growing in wealth, while his corrupt competitors attempt to take him down. The difference from similar films here is the attention paid to the workings of this business and what it means to everyone involved. Our protagonist isn't evil, greedy, or violent. He's just very determined and calculated, wanting to earn respect through good word but not afraid to get his hands dirty. I liked this overall presentation of the story and characters. It felt very real. This is a nice slow, involving piece showcasing terrific acting. Well worth a watch for those interested.

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This is the kind of period piece I love. The kind where the detail is meticulously done, but where the period isn't where the movie begins and ends. Chandor (and mighty Bradford Young's camerawork) perfectly create grimy 1980s New York and then actually do something with it, telling a tale of challenged integrity that would make Sidney Lumet proud. Oscar Isaac continues to show that he may be the best actor of his generation when all is said and done. Click on the link below to read the review on the Carnivorous Couch website, where you can see stills of all that beautiful/ugly dilapidation.

Only three films into his career, young J.C. Chandor is the quintessential wunderkind director. Of any director working today, he is perhaps the least easy ...

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03/13/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Es gibt eine typische Richtung von Filmen, die genau die Generation, welche in den 80ern und 90ern aufwuchs, berührt: Visuell und thematisch düstere amerikanische Thriller. Es sind sehr sehr männliche Filme! In diesen Werken wird viel über Ehre, Integrität und Tradition gesprochen. Sie handeln vom organisierten Verbrechen, der Familie und dem Sumpf der Grossstadt. Der Held kämpft damit, seine Seele in dieser Welt nicht zu verlieren. Er steht vor der Wahl, kühl und kalkulierend zu werden oder eine Illusion zu leben. Genau so ein Film stellt A most Violent Year dar. Ein ziemlich guter Thriller, wäre da nicht diese Frage nach dem "Wozu soll das alles gut sein?", die mich etwas verärgert hat. Abel Morales (Oscar Issac) ist ein Einwanderer aus Kolumbien, der 1981 in New York ein Unte...


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08/12/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A Most Violent Year

"A Most Violent Year" stars Oscar Isaac as the owner of the Standard Heating Oil home heating business. His wife and Chief Financial Officer is played by Jessica Chastain. Abel Morales (Isaac) after acquiring the company from Anna Morales’ (Chastain) father employs Andrew Walsh, played by Albert Brooks, as the company’s Lawyer. When rogue thugs violently hijack one of his trucks driven by Julian (Elyes Gabel), Abel is awakened to the possibility that other competing oil companies may be in cahoots. Abel’s suspicions are heightened when several more of his trucks are hijacked for the precious fuel and resold at other storage facilities. As if the hijackings weren’t enough of a distraction to his nascent enterprise, New York City District Attorney Lawrence (David Oyelowo) hi...

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07/19/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Good movie. Bad title. No wonder some hated it.

'A Most Violent Year' has gotten alot of praise and also alot of criticism over its style and storytelling. The title is misleading sure enough and as far as crime dramas go it's more drama than related to crime. The cinematography and recreation of 1980s New York looks fantastic. Oscar Isaac gives a strong performance as Abel Morales, an intelligent businessman whose heating oil company becomes backed into a corner because of mysterious truck hijackings against the backdrop of crime-ridden NYC. His wife Anna (Chastain) comes from a mob family and urges Abel to retaliate just as brutally to protect his business and more importantly his own family. Jessica Chastain is also great in her role. She behaves more like one of those shallow wives from a Bravo reality show at the drop of a hat ye...

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