“A Most Violent Year” resurrects the gangster flick
Be still our movie-loving hearts. It’s award season!
No doubt you’ve got a mile-long list of top contenders to see. But we’re here to say A Most Violent Year should be next on deck.
Set in 1981 New York (statistically the year with the city’s most reported crimes), it’s the fictional story of a Hispanic immigrant who has worked his way up from truck driver to CEO and is grappling with keeping his business afloat. Does he remain honest and fail? Or does he bend the rules and succeed? Especially when everyone else around him is a crook.
Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) plays the lead, with Jessica Chastain as his unbelievably badass wife and business partner. (Honestly, this singular monologue is why she’s up for a Golden Globe this weekend.) Over the course of 110 very stressful minutes, you’re never quite sure if they’re the good guys or the bad.
The overall effect is measured, tense, gritty and still somehow beautiful--very much like writer/director J.C. Chandor’s 2011 Wall Street flick, Margin Call.
Welcome back, ’80s gangster flicks. We’ve missed you.
Now playing at Landmark Sunshine Cinema and AMC Loews Lincoln Square.