A Most Violent Year (J.C. Chandor – 2014) B+

This is the story of one man trying to take his slice of the American dream. It’s the 80’s in Jersey and apparently the heating oil business is a rough trade. Oscar Isaac plays Abel Morales who is a self made man and wanting to grow. He wants to expand his business, pay his debts and at the same time fight a prosecutor coming after him for fraud. His trucks are getting jacked as well and he’s in a bind all around. He accepts no hand-out and no help, not even from his wife’s “connected” family. Morales is an interesting character and played perfectly by Oscar Isaac but the film is a bit uneven and anti-climactic at times.

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