The Drop (2014)
Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) is a simple and quiet man. He works at a local bar with his cousin Marv (James Gandolfini) and is learning how to take care of a new dog he rescued from abuse. One night after closing, Marv and Bob are robbed while closing the bar and the owners are not happy. You see, this bar is a “drop” bar which means that many criminals and gangsters move their money through this bar and when they want that money back, things aren’t looking so good for the men behind the counter because some people suspect that maybe Bob and Marv were in on the take.
In what feels like a cross between The Departed and The Town, The Drop is a well-written and well acted movie. It is edgy, gripping and fits the mob mentality perfectly. This movie doesn’t feel flashy or over-the-top and is my one gripe about it. I wanted more charm like in Goodfellas. Don’t get me wrong, Tom Hardy is perfect as Bob and the ending is wonderfully shocking, but I wanted more spunk. I thought Gandolfini (in his last on-screen role) seemed soft as cousin Marv and thought his characters needed more of a backbone, but at the end of the day he is a desperate man trying to save his own hide. I loved the story of Bob and Rocco the dog. The tension the whole time on what would happen to Rocco was unsettling. I hate movies where the animals are harmed and (spoiler) I was glad to know the dog is safe and well taken care of!
I thought the story was well-rounded with many layers, and that added to the overall depth of the situation and characters. I can’t say enough great things about Tom Hardy and his portrayal of Bob. The man who loves his dog and keeps to himself. How much more mysterious can you get! Add on top of that a beautiful woman in Noomi Rapace and a return of the dog abuser and we have ourselves one great movie. This is a must see for any fan of mobster movies! Co-starring Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz, Ann Dowd, James Frecheville and Michael Aronov.
8/10 Stars – Edgy and deep with a well-written script and a perfect performance from Tom Hardy. Easily a 9 with a little more charm…
The Drop is a slow burn crime drama that has an edge to it but is subtle and therefore more disturbing than it has a right to be. Dark would be an apt word to describe this movie, but not in a noticeable way. The Drop is one of those films that doesn’t scream its story line at you. It slowly develops, allowing you to soak it all in gradually. Another good word to describe it would be unassuming. I mean I knew it was a crime drama but from the start it just feels like they are showing you everyday life in Brooklyn. Heaven help anyone who lives in Brooklyn if this is representation of their every day life! Suffice it to say that the writers did a fantastic job. I agree with “him” that the side story of Bob and Rocco adds a level of tension I hadn’t expected. Thank goodness my counterpart in this review team had the decency to text me that nothing happens to the dog because I was seriously starting to stress over it just a few minutes after you are introduced to the dog. Pathetic but I can’t help it! Kill all the crooked mobsters you want just not the dog.
Better still than the writing is the acting. Tom Hardy plays his role well. He just seems to embody the character and draws from you a sympathy and understanding that he might not deserve but you give it to him anyway. Gandolfini offers up a great performance as well. I have to disagree with “him” and say that the character of Marv was spot on. An old run down former criminal who is looking for one last heyday. Sad to think Gandolfini won’t be gracing the screen again.
I have to say I was a bit surprised at how much I enjoyed The Drop. Its slow start didn’t seem promising but its depth, tension and stellar performances sucked me right in. I think this is a must see even if you aren’t a fan of the genre. There is loads to appreciate here as for an avid movie goer and the occasional movie fanatic as well.
8/10 Stars – Slow burn crime thriller done right!