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AFI FEST '14: A Most Violent Year


Year: 2014
Director: J.C. Chandor
Writer: J.C. Chandor
Cinematographer: Bradford Young
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Elyes Gabel
Country of Origin: U.S.
Rating: N/A
Time: 125 min.

Kristen Sales (Sales on Film) and I went to AFI FEST this past month and we were able to catch some of the same films together and so we decided to do the natural thing and record some reviews together. J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year is bound to stir some much needed discussion among cinephiles and audiences alike due to the polarizing effect it had on people. Whether you liked it or not, it is undeniable the unique cinematic voice Chandor has for the struggles of everyday Americans. Kristen and I once again explore the themes and aspects of A Most Violent Year that makes us love it or hate it!



I can totally relate to Kristen when she compares A Most Violent Year to films from the old days and how it feels very old school. Indeed, it feels like it could've been made in the 60's or 70's but they made a very simple story seems a lot more complicated than it actually was suppose to be. But what I liked about it were the tones and moods that gave the story a sense of looming danger and struggle especially in the everyday lives of Americans and immigrants alike. Bradford Young's gorgeous cinematography captured the warm yet rigid and harsh environment during the dark times in 1980's New York where the crime rate was at it's all time highest. Whether you come out liking it or not, you can't help but appreciate Chandor's efforts and vision to highlight an unseen aspect of achieving the American dream.


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