The life of a slow yet charming bartender is changed after his bar is held up by gunmen in The Drop, starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini. Our review of The Drop is after the jump.
Based on a short story called Animal Rescue (which was the film’s original title) by Dennis Lehane, The Drop sees Tom Hardy as the seemingly slow yet lovable Bob, a bartender who works for his Cousin Marv (James Gandolfini). Marv is the manager of a bar he used to own but sold to some gangsters from Chechnya. The Bar is also a drop – a place where all the illegal takings from around the city is kept overnight.
The bar is hit by two thieves one night and they take $5k in takings, leaving the gangsters angry and pushing Bob and Marv to locate their stolen money. Meanwhile, whilst Bob is walking home from work, he comes across a puppy ditched in a bin belonging to Nadia (Noomi Rapace). A friendship and relationship between the two begins to blossom but things soon turn awry when Nadia’s crazy ex-boyfriend turns up.
The Drop may be a gangster film of sorts, but it isn’t action-packed and more of a slow-burner that gradually builds up to a great ending. The characters are all interesting a played well by all the respective actors, especially Hardy. We are used to Mr Tom Hardy playing brutish thugs a plenty in such films as Bronson, The Dark Knight Rises, Warrior and the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road. Here, he plays a somewhat awkward loner who makes the audience feel sorry for him before turning it all on its head.
It was also great to see the late James Gandolfini on screen for the last time. The once leader of the fictional Sopranos, Gandolfini is excellent as Cousin Marv – a man looking for a way out in order to retire and take care of his dying father.
It’s a real shame that The Drop has made a lot of noise, as it really is an excellent crime drama and we strongly recommend its viewing to all of our readers.