|A Most Violent Year
DIRECTED BY:J.C. Chandor
STARRING:Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain and David Oyelowo
This is a crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, which was statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The plot follows the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalise on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.
You really get a sense that you’re watching an updated 2015 version of Goodfellas — without the Italian background. Being a big budget crime drama you’d expect big names to match, but that’s what is great about this film; director J.C. Chandor has got the underused, and quite frankly unsung hero of Hollywood, Oscar Issac, to play the leading role. Despite the obvious violence, the film is brimming with profound characters, stunning direction and a slow simmering, but captivating plot.
VERDICT: A Most Violent Year redefines the crime drama genre and highlights a very important part of New York City history with artistic prowess.
When in doubt, get Liam Neeson to help out. The Northern Irish actor has become a household name for being the go-to hero to save the day. Returning for the third time in the Taken franchise as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, Neeson is on fine form. Consumed with rage after his ex-wife is murdered and he is framed for
the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his ‘particular set of skills’ to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice and protect the only thing that matters to him now — his daughter.
Juggling some angry Russians, the British MI5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai is a man on a mission. As he traverses the globe armed only with his good looks and charm, he finds himself in a race against time to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Mortdecai will remind you of the same slapstick, falling over air comedy of The Pink Panther with Steve Martin. Johnny Depp is his usual quirky self, but this time with a highly-strung Queen’s English accent and a ‘man servant’.