The poster for A24’s A Most Violent Year is deceiving. It makes the New York City of the film look calm and peaceful, in direct contrast to the movie’s title and synopsis. Written and directed by J.C. Chandor (All is Lost), the dramatic thriller stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, and Albert Brooks. A24 will release it in LA and NY on December 31st followed by a wider release in January.
A Most Violent Year is a searing crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history. The story plays out within a maze of rampant political and industry corruption plaguing the streets of a city in decay.
J.C. Chandor’s third feature examines one immigrant’s determined climb up a morally crooked ladder, where simmering rivalries and unprovoked attacks threaten his business, family, and – above all – his own unwavering belief in the righteousness of his path. With A Most Violent Year, Chandor journeys in a bold new direction, toward the place where best intentions yield to raw instinct, and where we are most vulnerable to compromise what we know to be right.
-By Rebecca Murray
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