He has collided with a wayward shipping containerripping a hole in the hull. He uses a sea anchor to dislodge the container, then changes course to tilt the boat away from the hole. He patches the hole and uses the manual bilge pump to remove the water from the cabin.
Without knowing a thing about A Most Violent Year, I looked forward to a police procedural or a mafia thriller, dealing with the homicidal apex to the desperation of the recession of But I was wrong.
Oscar Isaac plays Abel Morales, owner of a New York fuel oil company, in the midst of purchasing property along the East River which would position his company as a major player in the regional fuel oil market. Simultaneously, a rival firm is attacking Morales' truck drivers and stealing their fuel.
Morales' wife, Anna, is descended from a mafia family, and she offers their assistance. But Abel Morales is a good and decent businessman, and he resists. As the driver attacks amplify, Morales' salesmen and even his family are soon targeted by the rival businessmen.
Meanwhile, an assistant district attorney, played by David Oyelowo of "Selma," is investigating corruption in the local fuel oil industry, including Morales' firm. And the deal to purchase the East River property becomes dubious when his bank backs out of financing it.
All this is set against the backdrop of the New York murders. The murders themselves are not the story, but we hear about them anytime one of the characters turns on a radio.
As the tension in Morales' life builds, director Chandor draws us into the story the way Martin Scorsese does.
We find ourselves pulling for an honest businessman in an increasingly dishonest world. We wonder how long it will take until he involves his wife's mafia family — or worse, takes matters into his own hands. This could be a story about one man's downward spiral, but with a resolution that will surprise and delight you.
And you'll love the thrill ride along the way — culminating in a chase scene through the bowels of New York's subway and rail systems.
|Legal Ownership||This year, the year-old was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in A Most Violent Year, a crime drama in which she stars alongside her old drama school friend Oscar Isaac. However, she and the film have been overlooked by the Academy ahead of the awards in February.|
|Films I loved in February 2015||The film, whose restrained style slowly builds powerful suspense amid acerbic humor, tells the tale of immigrant entrepreneur Abel Morales, who aims to build an oil empire with the help of his wife, played by Jessica Chastain, heiress of a fallen oil tycoon. Morales, faced with a series of brutal, anonymous attacks against his business and employees, tries desperately to protect his property and family.|
|20 Weeks To Oscar: A Thin Line Between Love & Hate « Movie City News||Share Actress Jessica Chastain has told Sky News she doesn't understand how films are ruled worthy of an Oscar nomination.|
The performances are top-notch, beginning with relative newcomer Oscar Isaac in the lead role. A year ago, he played a folk singer in the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, a small, above-average picture which got buried in the onslaught of excellent films released at the end of Isaac really shines here.
He should have received a Best Actor nod, but I'm sure his day is coming. Coincidentally, Isaac is slated to appear in the new Star Wars picture, which hits theatres next fall. Jessica Chastain is also excellent as Morales' wife — a decent-hearted lady who wishes her husband were a little more daring in his business dealings.
Her character is more than the standard "wife" character we've seen many times before. She's intimately involved in the business, and she's not afraid to stand up to adversaries. An almost unidentifiable Albert Brooks plays Morales' lawyer Andrew, again intimately involved in the business, but more than just the "straight man" character we've seen before.
And I love how Chandor's script allows us to become acquainted with various characters in Morales' life and in his business — a truck driver and his wife, a salesman, the teamster boss who pushes for Morales to arm his drivers, a couple of Morales' business competitors, and so forth.
Each character is well-drawn, and serves an important role in this supremely interesting story. I also like the look of this picture.
It's a bit of a modern-day film noir, cast in dimly-lit interiors, with characters who speak in hushed tones about important matters, occasionally bursting into the sunny yet unpredictable and unnerving outside world.
Much as the film Dirty Dancing had nothing to do with pole dancers at strip clubs, A Most Violent Year has nothing to do with violence, per se. In fact, I don't really understand what necessitated placing the story in The fact that New York's murder rate peaked that year is immaterial to the story.
But it's well worth a look. They don't make movies like this much anymore, and I'm glad J.
It's one of this year's best films. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. He's Pacino without the edge. One of best crime thrillers in years. While Hustle sets the scene with humor and style, Violent is happy to understate lawlessness and concentrate on the dialogue, which has undercurrents of corruption in each syllable.
Oscar Isaac plays immigrant, oil delivery company owner, Abel Morales, with an Al-Pacino veneer that goes low key, not Godfather or Scarface operatic. His double-breasted suits and ever-present camel overcoat suggest the smooth, verbal, charismatic, but unassuming business owner who wants to be as straight as his wardrobe.Nov 02, · With “A Most Violent Year,” the director J.
C. Chandor is again looking at hard-won success and failure. Interview: Director J.C.
Chandor on Creating A MOST VIOLENT YEAR. J.C. Chandor: Yeah, I’ve learned in the last couple of years a lot about my writing process, so I basically have four or.
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Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” was the most mesmerizing; JC Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year” the most atmospheric; and Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” the tautest. Chandor got the idea for “All Is Lost” while commuting between Providence, RI, where he lived, and New York City, where he was forced to edit “Margin Call” because of budget constraints.
A few days later, Chastain is in London promoting her latest film, JC Chandor's s-set crime drama A Most Violent Year, and happy to expand on the issue.
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