The Drop

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There's no shortage of similarly themed crime dramas, but The Drop rises above the pack with a smartly written script and strong cast.



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THE DROP is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead. Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), THE DROP follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters - "money drops" in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past. Also featuring Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ann Dowd and John Ortiz. (C) Fox Searchlight

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  • Dec 02, 2015
    Pretty solid. Worth checking out if you like crime dramas. Pretty good cast, although I really wasn't a fan of Noomi Rapace here. Tom Hardy makes up for that though.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2015
    The Drop is one of those films that almost sneaks by an audience but strangely there's still something that catches the eye. That something may be because it's yet another adaptation of the normally successful page to screen transfer of crime novelist Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River, Shutter Island), the English language debut of Bullhead director Michaël R. Roskam or that it features the last screen performance of the late, great James Gandolfini. All of these are reason enough to see it, but the one that really makes it worthwhile is a quietly commanding Tom Hardy. Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) is a quiet, unassuming bartender working with his cousin Marv (James Gandolfini) in his Brooklyn bar. Marv is a bit of a has-been who lost his bar to incoming Chechen gangsters who use the establishment as a "drop" for illegal money takings. However, when the bar is robbed it puts them in a tight spot and leads to an investigation that brings up the past and the depths of the neighbourhood's criminal affairs. The Drop has come in for a fair bit of criticism from numerous corners. Predominantly these issues have stemmed from plot strands not coming together or Lehane going a bit on the soft side and to a minor extent I can agree with this. There are some problems with the narrative, namely a religious sub-plot involving John Ortiz's church-going cop that feels misplaced and underdeveloped and the talented likes of Noomi Rapace is wasted in a woefully underwritten supporting role. However, what the film manages to capture is a perfect sombre mood and uses a patient approach that very much works in it's favour. Cinematographer Nicolas Karakatsanis captures Brooklyn in all it's blue collar edginess while the two central characters in Bob and Marv are afforded the space to grow and develop at their own pace - resulting in both Gandolfini and, especially, Hardy raising the film to a whole other level. There's also a good support from rising Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead, Rust and Bone). However, Gandolfini's presence hangs heavily over the film and it's a real shame that this is the last we'll see of this fantastic actor. That being said, he's not the main player and you get the impression that Gandolfini is happy to step aside and allow Hardy to do his thing. I don't suppose there's anything here that hasn't been done before but that still doesn't take away from this slow-burning, gritty drama. It's a fine addition to a sub-genre that I have a real soft spot for and that's, ultimately, down to the strong performances. Roksam has a good command over Lehane's prose and dialogue but the plot comes secondary to the characterisation. And in terms of Hardy and Gandolfini, there's plenty of that to be had. We may have lost a great actor that'll be hard to replace in Gandolfini, however, rising star Schoenaerts is deservedly becoming more prolific and Tom Hardy just continually manages to impress. The Drop's low-life tale of criminality benefits from seeing all three deliver solid work. Mark Walker
    Mark W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 03, 2015
    In "The Drop," Bob(Tom Hardy) works in a bar run by his cousin Marv(James Gandolfini). One day, they are robbed. That would not be a big deal if the bar was not a drop site for the mob. Otherwise, Bob rescues a pit bull with a little help from Nadia(Noomi Rapace). While there may be worst things than a crime movie with almost no urgency, "The Drop" proves there are few things that are more frustrating, as this is a movie that is 30 minutes too long. Yes, this slack pace goes towards showing that these peoples' lives are going nowhere but a little of that goes a long way. While there is a neat twist, it also serves to invalidate other parts of the movie, including the ending. At least, James Gandolfini is excellent in the kind of part he used to do so very well. And Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace do display a certain rapport.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2015
    A well done gangster movie which combines suspense with an intricate plot, although that can be confusing at times. Tom Hardy especially shines.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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