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A MOST VIOLENT YEAR – Blu-ray Review

A Most Violent Year is the latest feature film from Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, Oscar Isaac, and Interstellar‘s Jessica Chastain. Taking place in the early 1980’s of New York, we follow the characters of Abel Morales (Isaac) and Anna Morales (Chastain) as they operate their up and coming oil company and the repercussions that business brings.

a-most-violent-yearWe follow the Morales as they work their way up the ladder to a higher success. Whether it be morally right or wrong is up in the air as the two grow to become more powerful, and noticed, throughout the citie’s most notorious. Abel, while not always black and white, will make certain decisions, while on the other hand, Anna’s dad used to be in the mob, so a small part of that still seems to be with her as she makes some behind-the-door decisions. Like the official synopsis says, 1981 in New York City was the most dangerous year in the cities history, statistically speaking. Most of what happened that year is documented, shocking as it is, so it definitely deemed the perfect backdrop for A Most Violent Year. A Most Violent Year never glamorizes its violence, but shows the affects it had on not only the city, but the families and business’ that got caught up in that cruel era.

A Most Violent Year is shot beautifully and well acted. Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain have amazing on screen chemistry and both give terrific performances throughout the entire movie. While I didn’t feel the movie built up to anything outstanding, I did think the slow (in a good way) build throughout the movie was pretty excellent. If not anything but to see a glimpse inside New York during this time, A Most Violent Year is definitely worth checking out. (Also Oscar Isaac is in it, so…)

Synopsis:

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR is a searing crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history. From acclaimed writer/director J.C. Chandor, and starring Oscar Isaac (INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS) and Jessica Chastain (ZERO DARK THIRTY), this gripping story plays out within a maze of rampant political and industry corruption plaguing the streets of a city in decay. J.C. Chandor’s third feature examines one immigrant’s determined climb up a morally crooked ladder, where simmering rivalries and unprovoked attacks threaten his business, family, and––above all––his unwavering belief in the righteousness of his own path.

Special Features:

3 in-depth, behind-the-scenes featurettes
Audio commentary with writer/director J.C. Chandor and producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb
Deleted scenes

amostviolentyear2A Most Violent Year is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Travis has been a self-proclaimed geek ever since being introduced to Star Wars before he could speak. He spends most of his free time reading comics, watching TV, collecting toys, blogging, and traveling the US to attend all sorts of conventions. He also likes coffee quite a bit.