A bartender gets caught up in a robbery gone wrong that
dregs up past misdeeds and threatens to end his simple life.
The Drop (2014)
Directed by Michaël R. Roskam
Written by Dennis Lehane
Starring Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace,
Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz, Michael Aronov
Based on the short story "Animal Rescue" by Dennis Lehane
I was slightly disappointed by The Drop, but I still enjoyed it. The performances were stellar and the story was great, but the pace was quite slow. If you can get to the third act, it's really quite well done.
Tom Hardy is great as a soft-spoken bartender with a heart of gold who may or may not be ex-mafia. My only gripe with his character is that I wish he did something other than talk and stare for almost two hours. It was bittersweet to see James Gandolfini in what will be his last role before his death in 2013. He played almost like a washed-up Tony Soprano who reminisced about the days when he was feared and respected. I only wish he could give us more great performances.
Apart from the slow pace and lack of action, The Drop is a solid crime drama with an intriguing premise and solid performances. There are some plot points that I wish were made more clear, but I think that after a second watch, those problems will most likely fix themselves.