A second clip for J.C. Chandor’s most anticipated third film A Most Violent Year, presenting Oscar Isaac’s performance as opposed to Jessica Chastain in the first clip last week, of whom is becoming positioned as their best shot for a nomination in Supporting Actress. Isaac’s performance has already earned a nomination at the Gotham Awards and has been described as channeling Pacino in the 70s, but in a stacked category he’s going to need a bit of luck. The film also has a good chance in Picture and Original Screenplay, where Chandor had been nominated before for Margin Call.
The clip here certainly does justice to the hype for Isaac, as he quietly eats up this scene with long pauses while he instructs his employees to how to approach their work. A little on the other end of the scale from last year’s DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street. Bradford Young’s atmospheric cinematography is also on display as the characters are shrouded in darkness with a sharp greenish tint. Young has a good chance of being nominated for Best Cinematography with Selma this year and A Most Violent Year boosts his chances of a citation. There’s also a familiar face with Ben Rosenfield who starred as William Thompson in Season 4 and 5 of Boardwalk Empire.
A Most Violent Year will be in NY and LA on December 31, 2014 and will expand in January 2015. Link to the Editor’s 4-star rave review.