A Most Violent Year

A Most Violent Year

DVD - 2015
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The tale of an immigrant and his family trying to live the American Dream and expand their business amidst rampant violence, urban decay, and corrupt city officials during one of the most dangerous years in the city's history.
"Oscar Isaac is an implosive powerhouse"--Rolling Stone
Publisher: [United States] : Pm/In Finance, Llc., 2015.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION MOS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 125 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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amoby
Oct 13, 2017

Not a great movie but I did think about it for a week or so.

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chriscoleman
Nov 29, 2016

This film makes you wonder why anyone would want to live in New York City. It's about a Hispanic guy who buys an oil business from his father-in-law and after five years branches out by buying into an oil terminal for $1.5 million. Meanwhile his competitors are robbing his trucks and beating up his employees and he does...absolutely nothing. One of his drivers is beaten and pistol-whipped so badly he ends up in the hospital with severe PTSD and a broken jaw. Half of his face is unrecognizable, but when he returns to work and begs his employer to make him a salesman, the guy says no and sends him back out as a driver again. The very next time out he is robbed again by two men with guns. So he pulls out a gun and fires back. By the end of the film his employer, the supposed "good guy" of the film has left him no choice but to kill himself or go to prison for at least 10 years. This couple didn't care about anyone, not even their kids, just money. Not only was it boring, it was upsetting and frustrating to watch good kids get hurt on their first job because this guy promised he'd take care of them. Parents take note, don't let your kids work for strangers. Keep it in the family or they might end up dead. With the title of the film you would expect some kind of closure at the end but there's absolutely nothing.

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gingin1972
Oct 31, 2016

Not bad movie but kind of slow and boring! If you want action don't watch this movie.

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LittleNoName
Jun 09, 2016

Enjoyed more than I thought I would so in that aspect it was a nice suprise.
A lot of the reviews were negative, but I think people missed some of the points it was trying to convey - about the issues we have in society.

This was more thought provoking than I expected & I didn't find it easy to figure out who the enemy was.

I enjoyed it & overall, I'd recommend it.

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uncommonreader
Feb 29, 2016

New York City. 1980. Pursing the American dream. In the end, everyone is corrupt to some degree. Watchable but not great.

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TPunnoval
Feb 27, 2016

J. C. Chandor appears to be the heir of such great directors as Ed Wood (Plan 9 From Outer Space, Glen or Glenda), Phil Tucker (Robot Monster) and Herschel Gordon Lewis (Blood Feast.) Most of the necessary ingredients appear to be here - wooden acting, tacky sets and excessive histrionics. Unfortunately, only one scene challenges the aforementioned directors - the one where the hapless truck driver commits suicide , the wayward bullet punctures one of Abel's beloved fuel tanks and he manages to plug the leak using a handkerchief. It also would be interesting to see how Chandor would fare on a budget about 1/10th the size.
Surprise acting: What was Issac Oscar doing in this film? After a fine performance in Llewyn Davis, one would think that he would aim a bit higher.

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garycornell
Jan 15, 2016

Oscar Issac definitely gives a riveting performance. I think what I have read from other KCLS patrons is the screenplay is lacking. I agree the story just doesn't make all that much sense and is not that interesting. Now it seems many awards were given the movie, but only the acting is worthy of such credit!

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akirakato
Dec 29, 2015

This is an American crime drama written and directed by J. C. Chandor, originally released as a motion picture in 2014.
Abel Morales appears an ambitious businessman, but apparently he has a lot of rivals.
And here comes a likewise ambitious D.A. who wants to take him down.
Now Abel is driven to desperate measures to save his company and protect his family.
Eventually, you will see that two ambitious men team up by a seemingly innocent-looking yet some corrupted way.
It might be more than likely the way things are done in New York City.

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Janice21383
Dec 22, 2015

No question, I wanted to like A Most Violent Year, and should have liked it more. It seems inspired by the neo-realist, business/labour noirs of the early 1950s, like Thieves' Highway and The Garment Jungle. But it could benefit from those films' snappy pacing. Thirty minutes alone could be cut by eliminating shots of people silently driving, running improbably long distances and sitting, staring into space. There is a long sequence largely lifted from The French Connection, but yeah, no, Friedkin it's not. That said there is a lot to like, especially Oscar Isaac's successful working man, who married the boss's mobster daughter. EXTRAS: the commentary track has a lot of info about the changing architecture and decor of New York, if you're into that; otherwise, it is less than riveting.

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hecto
Nov 04, 2015

This is a good, contrary-to-type film that conveys a real-life feel, especially for anyone who knew NYC in the 80s. Oscar Issac's stand-out performance makes the film, along with Albert Brooks as his lawyer on the fringes of legality. An intelligent movie, but not one for those looking for car chases, shoot-outs and Goodfellas-style dialogue.

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KittyMoonshine May 02, 2015

Anna Morales: This is one probably you're gonna regret.
Lawrence: Excuse me?
Anna Morales: My husband's an honorable man. We are not who you think we are.
Lawrence: I think I knew your father.
Anna Morales: Good for you.
Anna Morales: My husband is not my father. Not even close. So if I were you, I would start treating us with a little more respect or I guarantee he will make it his mission in life to ruin you.
[Lawrence turns his head and grins sarcastically]
Anna Morales: This was very disrespectful.

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jimg2000
Apr 29, 2015

From IMDb:
Abel Morales: When it feels scary to jump, that is exactly when you jump, otherwise you end up staying in the same place your whole life, and that I can't do.

Abel Morales: You should know that I have always taken the path that is most right. The result is never in question for me. Just what path do you take to get there, and there is always one that is most right. And that is what this is.

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