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Monday, 9 February 2015
Film: 'A Most Violent Year'
It's New York, 1981 when Isaac's oil company finds that his road tankers are being mysteriously hijacked, later being found emptied of their loads. His losses accumulate to considerable proportions till there's a threat that if he doesn't find money to tide him over his business will have to fold. He has no idea who is doing this to him, there being any number of suspects, all parading as being his friends. To add to his worries, the police suspect his past transactions have fallen foul of tax declaration probity.
A number of chases ensue, a few shocks, some bloody violence, but the film never loses its thread. There is one glaringly unlikely revelation towards the final section but the pitch by then was so tensed up that I was able not to dwell on it.
The film's title refers not to the particular situations as presented here but to the year of 1981 being a particularly crime-violent one in New York generally.
Director and writer J.C.Chandor ('Margin Call' 2011) keeps it all buzzing along effectively.
I enjoyed it.......................7.5.