Movie Review-A Most Violent Year

This is a smart, gripping and thought provoking film that slipped under the radar. Oscar Isaac gives a simplistic yet great performance as Abel Morales, one that brings memories of Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, and that is the biggest complement I can give him. Supported of course by the amazing Jessica Chastain.

Abel is the most intriguing of characters, even though driven by success, he maintains his integrity and never turns away from his moral compass. We follow him in a small part of his journey to success, waiting to see whether the tension will get to him, making him change his righteous ways. His personality is typified in what he says: “The result is never in question for me. Just what path do you take to get there?”.

Smart directing, strong reality-bound characters, compelling dialogues and a solid script, allow us to feel the fear and alarm that fill Abel and his wife, in his efforts for prosperity.

Be warned though, the movie is slow paced and not your regular action packed Hollywood movie. Still it remains riveting and intriguing throughout.

8/10

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