You know what we haven’t had in a really long time? A really great crime drama…an Untouchables, Goodfellas, Scarface…a Godfather… J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost, Margin Call) may be about to change that. Set in 1981 New York City (on record as one of its most violent years), the director’s latest follows immigrant Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) as he aims for his American dream of becoming a successful businessman. Up against the city’s corruption, crime and violence, Abel struggles to keep his family safe, his morals intact, and his business, profitable. Chastain and Isaac give a real Al Pacino/Diane Keaton vibe here; Albert Brooks co-stars as Abel’s tough attorney.
A Most Violent Year also stars David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Christopher Abbott; it opens New Year’s Eve.