A Most Violent Year – Movie Review

No More Workhorse


A Most Violent Year– Movie Review by Frances Winston

Directed by: J.C. Chandor

Starring: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks, Elyes Gabel

In cinemas January 23rd

The title of this movie refers to the year in which it is set 1981 which is statistically one of the most violent years in New York’s history. Issac plays Abel Morales an immigrant who runs a fuel business which he is trying to build and expand. However, corruption from all angles and the violence that besets the city hinder his efforts.

Aided by his wife Anna (Chastain), the daughter of a well known criminal, they wheel and deal their way through contract negotiations and threats of action from city officials while also trying to have a normal family life. When one of their drivers Julian (Gabel – who has come a long way since his days in Casualty)…

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