Main Plot Points:
- 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 where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.
What We Thought:
- I was quite disappointed in The Drop. Tom Hardy is really good, but it’s a pretty generic crime drama.
- I like Dennis Lehane. I’m from Boston, I’m supposed to like him. His books were turned into movies like Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island and Mystic River. This movie is based off his book Animal Rescue. But unfortunately, this movie was shot and is based in New York. The book was based in Boston like his other work. And it made a difference.
- My biggest issue with the film is that it felt generic. Movies based in New York usually use the city as a character itself (same for Boston films). This lacked that. It could have been any city. NY, Boston, Philly, Chicago. It lacked character. It lacked the details that make those cities THOSE cities. It was just another crime drama.
- The late James Gandolfini could do a character like this in his sleep. Either he was that great of an actor that made his character so normal or his character had nothing to him. Same for Noomi Rapace who didn’t play much more than a love interest/potential punching bag. Tom Hardy was very good though. He provided a really great edge to his character that by the time the twist ending comes along, you really are rooting for Bob his character. If you haven’t seen Locke yet, go see that one first because Hardy is brilliant in that.
- And I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t think the dog story was all that relevant. Sure it’s how he meets Rapace’s character and he interacts with the “bad guy” because of the dog, but it could have been one of any number of reasons. Hardy is a bartender, he could have easily had a run in with the bad guy before or met Rapace walking home. It just didn’t work for me.
- I know I was a bit pissed off at Lehane when The Drop went into production. He didn’t want it in Boston because he thought the Boston crime drama film was played out. Dude, you helped push the genre and make it what it is. To me he was biting the hand that feeds. Even if I wasn’t mad at Lehane I still don’t think I would have liked this all that much. It’s terrible, far from it, and Hardy is great, but there’s just nothing all that original about it.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Tom Hardy
- James Gandolfini
- Noomi Rapace
Recommended if You Like:
- Gone Baby Gone
- The Sopranos
- Tom Hardy