Following his well received debut with Margin Call (2011) and the excellent Robert Redford drama All Is Lost (2013), we've been waiting with anticipation to see something from writer/director J.C. Chandor's next film, A Most Violent Year.
A Most Violent Year finds Chandor back in Manhattan, unspooling a story that takes place during the summer of 1981 when the city's crime has risen to extreme levels.
Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) is Abel Morales, an immigrant who is trying to grow his heating oil business. But the dangerous streets of the big city cause more and more problems, and Morales finds that his ethics are malleable as he fights to keep his company going with the aid of his equally tough wife, Anna (Jessica Chastain). As the year progresses, their tactics become less scrupulous and the authorities start to take an interest...
"The film is essentially a gangster movie," explains Chandor, "but it's playing off of your expectations in a way, and becomes this very intense character study. You're trying to figure out who those people are, and so are they. It's a pivotal month of their lives."
Albert Brooks (Drive), David Oyelowo (Jack Reacher), Alessandro Nivola (American Hustle) and Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full Of Grace) are all part of the cast for A Most Violent Year, which lands in the US on 31 December and UK cinemas from 23 January.