Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Most Violent Year (2014)

Director: J.C. Chandor. Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, Catalina Sandino Moreno. 125 min. Rated R. Crime/Drama.

In 1981, NYC's most violent year on record, a wanna-be Mafia boss is planning his last steps to become the biggest Mafia boss in the city, but hits major obstacles by rival groups. This is Michael Corleone, both in appearance and manner, trying not to step into the dark side - and the question till the very end, is whether he'll sell his soul to the devil like Michael did, or not. Although the high expectations from such an engaging context are unmet by the screenplay, both Isaac and Chastain glow with their overbearing presence in this otherwise darkly-lit, sobering movie.

PS: See? What did I tell you here about the young Pacino of our times? In addition to Chastain, add Isaac to the list of newcomers whose next movie I'm looking forward to. And I'm not just talking about the next Star Wars movie.

PPS: Margin Call, All is Lost, A Most Violent Year. Mojo scores on all of J.C. Chandor's first three features.

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