The Drop is a crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone), The story follows Brooklyn bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert operation of funneling money to local gangsters – “money drops” in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a heist and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the past. Also featuring Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ann Dowd and John Ortiz.
Every performance in this film was top notch. It’s good to see Tom Hardy in this slow burn thriller. The film really begins to pick up steam as Bob finds an abandoned puppy in a garbage can. He soon learns to help the dog, and in a way the dog is helping him regain his connection to humanity. Bob is loyal to his cousin Marv, played by James Gandolfini, in his final role before his untimely death. Marv is the heavy of days gone by. Bob appears cool on the outside, but his past comes back in subtle ways.
Noomi Rapace is Nadia, a sweet but vulnerable person who helps Bob with the dog, and their friendship blossoms. Her eyes tell a lot of her story, and it is another excellent performance from Rapace. I first discovered her in the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo film series.
There are a few moments where the tensions is really thick, and you are expecting some kind of release from that tension. What the movie does really well is have some clever sleight of hand on what the characters mean. Their actions speak loudly, when their voices do not.
For example, Bob has a tense stand off with a creep named Eric Deeds (Matthias Schoenaerts). Eric had a past with Nadia and makes various threats to Bob, by breaking into his house, following him, and boasting about a murder he committed in the past. Bob is intimidated, but he seems to indicate that he knows more than he lets on. It is a brilliant underplayed performance by Tom Hardy, who is one of the finest actors working today.
Everyone will fall in love with Rocco, the puppy that is a central plot element. Overall a great film. I honestly wanted to see it as soon as I saw Tom Hardy in the cast. He is becoming one of my favorite actors.