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A Most Violent Year 2014

  • J.C. Chandor
  • December 31, 2014
  • 125 mins
  • English
  • Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
The result is never in question. Just the path you take to get there.
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 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.


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A most violent year has a clean, sharp look to it. It is a very slow and patient film. I liked the tone of the movie; Isaac and Chastain are good together

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There seems to be a lot of things going on in the background, like the shady things Jessica does, Abel's relationship with his brother, the scheming of Abel's rivals and the police investigation, Julian's personal problems, and plenty others. But those all are left scattered as clues for the viewers to find out ourselves--never to be explained in the movie directly. This makes the movie difficult to follow, especially for a non-American like me who doesn't understand the context of what's happening in the 1980s America.

Cinematography is nice, scoring is fine, but all of that is not built on top of a comprehensible plot. It feels like a piece of subplots jumbled together. This makes the supposedly dramatic ending feels abruptly ended.

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what a fuckin' masterpiece, my god.

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