A phenomenal cast, including Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and James Gandolfini (The Sopranos), leads this gritty crime thriller from writer Dennis Lehane (Mystic River) and director Michaël R. Roskam, writer/director of the Oscar®-Nominated film Bullhead *. Lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Hardy) and his hardened employer Cousin Marv (Gandolfini) run a bar that is used as a “drop” — a covert scheme that funnels cash to local gangsters. But when they find themselves caught in a robbery gone bad, and on the hook for a debt they can’t repay, both men have to make the dangerous choice between loyalty and survival.
*Foreign Language Film, 2011.
**Audio Commentary by Director Michaël R. Roskam and Writer Dennis Lehane
**Making of The Drop
**Making Brooklyn Your Own
Cast & Crew
You have to sit through the slow parts to savor the cool parts. The movie's little surprise is that you didn't waste your time watching it; you were just being primed for an explosion of low volume and high impact.
The Drop's unpredictability is organic rather than sensationalistic. The movie doesn't pull surprises out of thin air for the sole purpose of shocking an audience - it lets them develop naturally.
Not that it needed demonstrating, but Hardy once again shows what quiet force and phenomenal range he has. He's like a young Liam Neeson with Michael Fassbender chops.
Lehane's climactic plot twist is all the more laudable because it springs directly from complexity of character; you realize the truth has been obscured not through a writer's trickery but through your own simple reading of the action.
It's a slow-cooking set-up for a startling climax. One, thanks to fine acting, that comes with powerful revelations.
I found this dark odyssey through an amoral dream Brooklyn curiously invigorating; it's a masterful construction that held me rapt from first shot to last, that builds intense electrical energy and then releases it.
With the arrival of The Drop, a disturbingly dark little thriller that wears its tension like a badge, the fall film season has arrived with a deadly bang.