Violence frightens a home-heating company's drivers and salespeople:
A Most Violent Year acquaints movie-lovers with the best and worst, happiest and saddest, most dangerous and exciting moments in their city’s -- New York -- and company’s -- Standard Oil -- super-troubled times, in 1981. It begins with a truck-jacking which leaves the driver (Elyes Gabel) hospitalized for a broken jaw and an injured leg. Company owner Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) comforts Julian with the promise to cover all medical costs and keep him employed.
The assault does not constitute the first against Abel’s business. Abel and lawyer Andrew Walsh (Albert Brooks) therefore explain the situation to District Attorney Lawrence (David Oyelowo). They find that criminal felony and misdemeanor charges are being prepared against Standard Oil.