J. C. Chandor (Margin Call, All is Lost) offers up a penetrating study of corruption at every level in New York during 1981, on record as the most violent year in the city's history. Oscar Isaac portrays an immigrant businessman attempting to expand his interests but faced with bureaucratic red tape and the constant threat of organised crime. Chandor's overview of a metropolis sinking under the weight of its own malfeasance makes for riveting viewing.