A thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history, and centered on a the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business…
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Extraordinary, powerful tale about man that didn't pull the trigger and DID pull the trigger. Oscar Isaac & Jessica Chastain are always superb, but Elyes Gabel's intensely sorrowful performance aces. AMERICA FOR ME.
A grave, subtle cousin to "The Godfather," and easily my favorite film of 2014. Chandor and company unfurl a powerful and mesmerizing period drama of one man's integrity and resilience when confronted with a world of violence and corruption threatening to ensnare his business and family. Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain easily give their finest performances yet, thoughtful commentary on gun control, financial crisis.
Another case of a film that delivered all that I was hoping for after watching the trailer a couple of times and patiently awaiting to see it. Isaac and Chastain are tremendous, the cinematography and colouring are beautiful, and the plot itself is a steady and confident take on the american dream: oil, money, crime, family, ambition and style colide in NYC, 1981. It should've made a splash during last awards season.
It seems we have a new Sidney Lumet on our hands. Fantastic film from J.C. Chandor that more than surpasses the fine 'Margin Call' and puts him into the auteur category. Performances are extraordinary from both Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain. The sourness of the American dream is well captured as corruption, greed, violence and the lack of honour/trust work against our protagonist. A major film.
3,5 As a Lumet of the 90s, with a lookalike Garcia (without taking Oscar Isaac's value) wrapped in corruption schemes, More than underline the fact, repeatedly said, of being a movie inhabited by the ghost of a certain North-American cinema and consider if it's a blanched copy or not (which I do not consider), interests me to highlight that was already missing an adult film where people failures are the subject.
Some extraordinary moments I would rescue (basically all right there in the screenplay, where the movie's primary weaknesses also reside). Mostly it's ludicrously self-important and eager to encapsulate. I can tell you right now that Oscar Isaac will have a long career elevating middling material.
I loved the sense of dread, gloom, nihilism, betrayal, corruption, and utter decadence that permeates each frame. A grim, realistic depiction of life in America (1981 & 2015), where every relationship is transactional, exploitative, confrontational, and inherently violent. The Dream bled to death. And that's the Standard.
Chandor reminds us the importance of story over gimmicks, neglecting the usual machismo bravado employed in this type of film. Ultimately, this is about respect. Understated and extremely well shot and crafted, "A Most Violent Year" is a truly important film, one that shows that Hollywood will never be dead.