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A Most Violent Year (2014) Movie Review

By Newguy

A Most Violent Year – Movie Review 

A Most Violent Year

Director: J.C. Chandor

Writer: J.C. Chandor (Screenplay)


  • Oscar Isaac (Ex-Machina)
  • Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
  • David Oyelowo (Selma)
  • Alessandro Nivola (Face/Off)
  • Elyse Gabel (World War Z)

Plot: In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history.  

Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes  

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review 

Story: A Most Violent Year starts as we meet New York City businessman Abel Morales (Isaac). Along with his wife Anna (Chastain), they have been rising in the area, gaining the attention of others. D.A. Lawrence (Oyelowo) has been investigating their operation, while rivals are targeting them.

However, when Abel starts looking for a way for his men to defend themselves. The year starts to spiral out of control and the violence escalates. Abel sees his future plans come crashing down as he rushes to fix things before it is too late.  

Verdict on A Most Violent Year

A Most Violent Year is a drama following a businessman in the 1980s trying to get a deal done. It sees him already being successful in his plans, despite being investigated. However, his plan isn’t going to be an easy deal as his life starts to fall apart.

This is an interesting drama showing how one man is trying to put the deal together. It follows him trying to get a deal done while facing a host of obstacles along the way. There are some twists and turns along the way, however, it feels like it holds back on any sort of violence. Oscar Isaac does a wonderful job in the leading role of the movie, demanding the screen in every single scene. 

Final Thoughts A Most Violent Year is an interesting drama.

A Most Violent Year (2014) Movie Review

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