A Most Violent Year Wednesday, 17 July 2019

A Most Violent Year

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Standard film oil.

  • Starring:

    Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks, Elyes Gabel, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Peter Gerety

  • Directed by:

    J.C. Chandor

  • Running time:

    125 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot (suicide), shot at, punched, hit with objects, carjacked, punched, pursued, slapped, tackled. An animal is hit by a car/shot. Smashed glass/windscreen, car accident, vehicle rollover. A child plays with a loaded gun. An object is pressed into a man's eye socket. Yelling, arguing. Shot police, murders, rapes, corruption, schoolyard shooting, killing wife, stabbing deaths, misconduct, fraud, tax evasion mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (animal, human). Dead/dying animal. Bloody cuts/feet/face/grazes. Blood splatter/spatter, pooling blood, blood on objects. Bandage, crutches. Bruising. Hospital setting. Broken jaw mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couple in bed together. Kissing. Cleavage, nightwear, shirtless man.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine, spirits). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-words, f-words, s-words, a-words. Derogatory term for women. Slang for female genitalia. Religoius references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Business, investment, real estate, New York City, family, victims of crime, suicide, vulnerability, police investigation, money, contracts, compromise, corruption.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Jailed father mentioned. Hospital setting. Job termination. Dog. Spitting. Brief Spanish language (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Impressive, slow-burning, rewarding, thrilling, surprising, peculiar, powerful, experience-oriented, stylised, tough-minded, bracing, brunt, compelling, tense, engrossing, timeless, tough, gritty, atmospheric, solid, grown-up, seductive, rigorous, resourceful, smart, neck-prickling, nuanced, sombre. Stunning performances, detailed character work, great screenplay, impeccable pace, dramatically/artistically appealing backdrop, impressive/considered/emotional cinematography, terrific chase sequences, perfect costuming, subtle period craftmanship, fantastic score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Solemn, talky, deliberate, abstract, hollow. Melodramatic/too-neat conclusion.

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