The Drop – A very effective, slow burn crime drama
Written by: Dennis Lehane
Directed by: Michaël R. Roskam
Bob (Hardy) is a quiet, simple bartender working alongside his cousin Marv (Gandolfini) in a bar that Marv used to own but now serves as a drop point for the Chechen mob. Bob’s life gets a lot more complicated when, in twenty four hours, the bar is robbed leaving him and Marv responsible for the lost money and he finds a beaten and bloody puppy in a woman named Nadia’s (Rapace) trash can. Then to add even more complications the puppy’s former owner shows up and begins intruding on Bob’s life in increasingly threatening ways.
What writer Dennis Lehane (Mystic River) and director Michael R. Roskam (Bullhead) have created is a gritty, brooding character study. The script and incredible performances by the whole cast (especially Hardy and Gandolfini) masterfully tell a twisting and turning story with intertwined plot lines. Underneath all of that is a very touching tale of a man who seeks redemption for past sins through the salvation of a battered animal.
“The Drop” is an extremely underrated dramatic crime thriller that I wish more people were talking about. Hardy is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors and Gandolfini’s final performance is a great one to remember him by. There were a lot… I mean A LOT of good indie films in 2014. “The Drop” is near the top of that list, and I recommend you see it.