A Most Violent Year is a 2014 crime drama film written and directed by J. C. Chandor. The film stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain with Alessandro Nivola, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, and Catalina Sandino Moreno. It is about Abel Morales (Issac), the owner of a small heating oil company who is stressed by the competitiveness in the oil trade and having to secure costly loans to expand his business. When his truck drivers start getting hijacked, there is increased pressure for him and his drivers to arm themselves. It had its world premiere as the opening film of the AFI Fest on November 6, 2014, and was released theatrically on December 31, 2014. The film garnered positive reviews, with a 90% rating on "Rotten Tomatoes.
Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) is the owner of Standard Heating Oil Co, an up-and-coming company. The company has been plagued by the hijacking of several trucks, each carrying thousands of dollars in heating oil. One young driver, Julian (Elyes Gabel), is severely beaten when his oil truck is hijacked by two unknown assailants. Abel's wife, Anna Morales (Jessica Chastain), beseeches Abel to fight violence with violence, but Abel refuses. Morales and his company are under investigation by Assistant District Attorney Lawrence (David Oyelowo), who seems determined to expose price fixing, tax evasion, and various other illegalities committed by Morales and his competitors in the heating oil business.