Excerpt: Il film di Chandor è un piccolo capolavoro, che guarda ai grandi classici del cinema degli anni ’70, costruendo la figura di un antieroe solitario, che lotta contro il suo destino e contro la sua stessa famiglia, non lontano dal Michael Corleone di Coppola.
Excerpt: Fabuloso thriller dramático que demuestra el extraordinario dominio del tono narrativo de J.C. Chandor. Tensa, sombría, la historia de un hombre que lucha por conseguir su sueño, que es el de todos, atrapa desde su arranque y no suelta al espectador hasta su conclusión.
Excerpt: Writer/director Chandor (‘All is Lost,’ ‘Margin Call’) convincingly recreates early-‘80s New York with this story of an immigrant (Isaac, great as always) and his wife (Chastain, ditto) finding themselves drawn into the increasingly dangerous and legally dubious world of… heating oil sales. It’s an odd hook, yes, but it makes for compelling viewing, with Chandor drawing richly shaded performances from his gifted cast and masterfully invoking the corridors-of-Gotham-power aesthetic of ‘80s Lumet.
Excerpt: J.C. Chandor has written a script that has aspects of crime melodrama, and there is a pervasive sense of constant fear that never lets up. Violence happens suddenly. But Chandor is a thoroughly modern director and his approach is subtler and more realistic; his view of morality more nuanced.
Excerpt: Writer/director J.C. Chandor proves he was not a one-and-done flash in the plan, he was not a two-hit wonder, he is the real deal three-time quality film creator, this time with hands down one of 2014’s best films.
Excerpt: Richly scripted and methodically carried out, this character-based morality drama cements itself as the writer-director’s strongest piece of work, and while many will find a shortage of thrills they might be expecting, it calls up the mature restraint and sedate, slow-burn pacing of Sidney Lumet and Martin Scorsese back in their heydays. This is one of those “thrillers for grown-ups” in the best of ways.
Excerpt: Chandor is essentially making a “gangster trying to go legitimate” picture but he’s skipping right over the standard gangster part and takes us straight into the numbers game of cooked books and backroom handshakes. That’s his lone wrinkle on the material.
Excerpt: Writer-director JC Chandor’s first three films (“Margin Call,” “All is Lost,” and “A Most Violent Year”) reveal a masterful auteur building a singular filmmaking career that overshadows Hollywood’s relentless barrage of garbage.