A Most Violent Year (2014)

A Most Violent Year (2014)

A stunning drama with excellent performances

The Very Best



United Arab Emirates, United States of America
English, Spanish
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Albert Brooks, Alessandro Nivola, Annie Funke
124 min

What it's about

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 the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.

The take

Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac star in this slow-burning but impeccable crime thriller.

Abel Morales (Isaac) owns a fuel distribution company in 1980s New York. His competitors are violent and corrupt, and the feds are after him. The temptation to resort to unlawful methods is high, especially that his wife (Chastain) is the daughter of a mobster.

A Most Violent Year is about how this temptation of corruption unfolds and whether Abel will surrender to it or not.


I kept waiting for the twist but it didn’t come. Well acted but a bit too predictable.

So pitch perfect – I can’t remember the last time I saw a movie like this carried so smoothly forward hitched to a single, quietly phenomenal performance. Winter’s Bone, maybe?
That look, conveyed in that brief nod, as he was negotiating his way through yet another crisis at the end. What’s the line? “The hardest thing you’ll ever do is look someone in the eye and tell them the truth.” Just amazing.

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