A Most Violent Year – a conflict of Morales

by Toby Woollaston

The ever reliable J.C. Chandor is now scoring 3 and 0 with his latest effort. His brooding camera effortlessly roams the less scrupulous business parks of New York. Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac looking very much like Godfather’s Pacino) tries to make an honest go of his business despite the influential underbelly that goads him (including, to some extent, his wife played by the excellent Jessica Chastain). The screws are turned, and the pressure builds as the film moves inexorably towards its conclusion. I won’t give away the ending … it’s well worth watching for yourself.