This is first and foremost a film about "Standards."
The lead character Abel played by Oscar Issac owns a scrappy on the rise Heating Oil Company by the name of "Standard."
|Abel's Standard Oil Company|
Abel dresses as an early 1980's Gangster. Near at hand is his loyal consigliere Andrew Walsh played by the impressively growing Albert Brooks.
His wife and partner in aspiration Anna is played like a dangerous bird by Jessica Chastain who delivers a character richly steeped in both Noir Femme Fatale and Mob wife built on top of a person who is in complete control of the "Numbers."
|Anna knows her "Numbers."|
|A moment of decision.|
You will be glad you did.
J.C. Nice job. I think you followed the path that was "most right" on this one.