The Drop

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  • Summary: In the underworld of Brooklyn bars, "money drops" are used to funnel cash to local gangsters. When a robbery at the bar of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini) goes awry, bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) finds himself entwined in an investigation that digs deep into theIn the underworld of Brooklyn bars, "money drops" are used to funnel cash to local gangsters. When a robbery at the bar of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini) goes awry, bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) finds himself 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. [Fox Searchlight] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Sep 11, 2014
    90
    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.
  2. 88
    The Drop is a simmering thriller from the writer who gave us “Mystic River” and “Gone, Baby Gone,” a tale heavy with the weight of violence we know is coming.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 12, 2014
    75
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Sep 7, 2014
    70
    The Drop is at once upfront and highly effective in its manipulations, tugging at our heartstrings even as it flicks away at our nerves.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 11, 2014
    70
    The Drop could have been an ordinary crime drama, but it's elevated by extraordinary performances.
  6. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Sep 9, 2014
    63
    With its optimistic ending, the film muddies its previous statements regarding the danger of unthinkingly hanging on to totems of the past.
  7. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Sep 10, 2014
    40
    James Gandolfini’s wintery silences and bitter outbursts are enough on their own to merit seeing this otherwise frustratingly vague slice of low-end Crooklyn crime life, but just barely.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 56
  2. Negative: 3 out of 56
  1. Sep 23, 2014
    10
    When you have Tom Hardy on the bill, it's a fail safe as far as this reviewer is concerned, and we will truly miss James Gandolfini, who wasWhen you have Tom Hardy on the bill, it's a fail safe as far as this reviewer is concerned, and we will truly miss James Gandolfini, who was great in his last role as a down and out former bar owner with illusions of gangster grandeur, not to mention some other problems.
    Dennis LeHane, popular author, did the original short story ("Animal Rescue"), and like "Mystic River" and "Shutter Island", gives us a gripping sober tale of modern gangsterism courtesy of Chechen mobsters who own several bars in Brooklyn and randomly use one for "drops", tribute and extortion money left at the designated bar for later pickup. Tom Hardy, who plays the unassuming bartender Bob is much smarter and deeper than his cohorts give him credit for, and turns in an Oscar level performance, delivering an accurate Brooklyn accent even though he's British and carefully assesses the situation unfold after rescuing a pit bull puppy from certain death. (The little pup is as adorable and integral as the human actors).
    This is not a "Wiseguys" remake. It's gritty, believable right down to the last second of film, and you leave with no doubt that Tom Hardy is one of the world's finest actors, hands down, equal to his brilliant performance as Forrest Bondurant in "The Lawless" a few years ago. "The Drop" is the first "10" of the year for me, and will be a classic. Here's hoping it puts Hardy over the top once and for all.
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  2. Sep 25, 2014
    9
    The Drop was a movie which I thought looked slow and uninteresting from the trailers. It looked like maybe a couple of interesting scenes, butThe Drop was a movie which I thought looked slow and uninteresting from the trailers. It looked like maybe a couple of interesting scenes, but nothing good. I must say...this film caught me off guard. The plot of the film is quite unique and original. It has some really intriguing moments along with some great, but unexpected comedy. The run time was absolutely terrific. It would have dragged on if longer and felt like there should be more if it was shorter. The run time was just perfect. There were a few moments in the movie when I was thinking "Oh, now this is going to get boring now" but it didn't. Whenever scenes like that came they put some light hearted comedy in at just the right time and place. The ending of the movie though was where the movie really got me. It was so unexpected and expertly crafted.
    Tom Hardy's performance as Bob Saginowski is amazing. He stole the show. I would argue that here is one of the best performances of his career. Noomi Rapace along with James Gandolfini does an excellent job.
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  3. Oct 10, 2014
    9
    Now THIS is a great movie with a complex storyline, amazing acting (Especially Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, and that Belgian guy from Loft),Now THIS is a great movie with a complex storyline, amazing acting (Especially Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, and that Belgian guy from Loft), deep and raw emotions, touching moments, and an overall great build up followed by an unexpected twist. This may seem like your typical "Brooklyn based gangster/underground economy" movie, but in the end, it's much more, and it shows. Expand
  4. Sep 30, 2014
    8
    I loved this movie.
    The acting is fir rate.
    Tom Hardy is fast becoming one of the great actors of our time. The movie is slow at times but
    I loved this movie.
    The acting is fir rate.
    Tom Hardy is fast becoming one of the great actors of our time.
    The movie is slow at times but when there is action, it comes in quickly.
    There's a small twist at the end, but it's a good one.

    James Gandolfini is great. Imagine Tony Soprano, down an out, and that's pretty much hs character.
    I'm looking forward to more Tom Hardy movies/
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  5. Sep 27, 2015
    7
    It’s widely known that The Drop marks James Gandolfini’s final appearance in a film. The late Sopranos star passed away more than one yearIt’s widely known that The Drop marks James Gandolfini’s final appearance in a film. The late Sopranos star passed away more than one year ago, leaving a huge void in the acting universe. His talent is yet again celebrated in this dark tale of mobsters, omertà, violence and last chances of redemption. The Drop is adapted from a short story by novelist Dennis Lehane, who also wrote the screenplay; similarities with Lehane’s previous novels (“Mystic River”, “Gone Baby Gone”, “Shutter Island”) are easy to spot, and shouldn’t come as a surprise. With Michael Roskam signed as director after his Oscar nominated debut Bullhead, and Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schoenaerts completing the cast, The Drop is a very promising concentrate of talent.

    Lehane’s original story, “Animal Rescue”, takes place in Boston, but the producers decided to move The Drop to a less hackneyed location. They eventually settled on Brooklyn, instructing cinematographer Nicolas Karakatsanis to create a “Martin Scorsese meets Frank Capra feeling”. The result is a small-town, traditional, albeit often shoddy-looking environment; the perfect place for Bob (Hardy) and Marv’s (Gandolfini) bar. Bob is the silent bartender and his cousin Marv is the old-style administrator; they run the business for the Chechen mob, who often uses the bar as a “drop”, a hideout and collection point for bookies’ money. When two masked thugs break in after closing time, and rob the cousins at gunpoint, Marv speaks everyone’s mind by asking “do you know whose money you are taking?”. The events unfold in what seems to be a linear, almost predictable pattern, until Bob finds an abandoned puppy outside of Nadia’s (Rapace) house, and the two of them decide to adopt it. This is when things take an unanticipable turn for the worst.

    Since opening at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, The Drop has premiered around the world, eventually landing at the 2014 London Film Festival; it’s one of the most relevant titles listed in this edition, and one of the most anticipated features of the year. A lot of the attention is probably due to the presence of Gandolfini, who performs admirably as Marv: the old-timer who regrets having sold the bar off to foreign mobsters, a pathetic wretch whose glory has faded out. Tom Hardy, on the other hand, is even more compelling as Bob, the shifty loner. He seems completely harmlessat first sight, but deep down he’s very dangerous, and Hardy manages to convey his personality while keeping an emotionless façade at the same time. Gandolfini and Hardy support each other in an almost effortless act, and give a bold, distinguished tone to the film. Whereas the plot is sometimes flimsy, possibly due to the limits of adapting a short story, The Drop stands succesfully as a deep, engaging and entertaining piece of cinema.
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  6. Jan 20, 2015
    6
    Tom Hardy does a great acting job playing a barman in his new movie "The Drop".The plot of this movie itself has some unexpected twists, isTom Hardy does a great acting job playing a barman in his new movie "The Drop".The plot of this movie itself has some unexpected twists, is entertaining and some people will maybe find it really awesome and you just don't want to leave until it's finished. In the first half of the film you are going to be introduced to a bunch of mysterious situations that are going to keep you attached to the screen. The story and the script were well made, and they choose just the right actors to film this. Sadly, this movie was a little slow for me, and until the end nothing really impressive happened. I went trough all the film expecting at least one action sequence, but it never showed up. Expand
  7. Oct 20, 2014
    3
    I was attracted to this film primarily because of Tom Hardy. As it turns out, Hardy and "Rocco" were the only reasons I didn't walk out andI was attracted to this film primarily because of Tom Hardy. As it turns out, Hardy and "Rocco" were the only reasons I didn't walk out and demand my money back. The Drop is very disappointing and not worth the $8 to $11 per ticket you'd spend seeing it in the theaters. If I were you, I'd wait for Netflix to offer it on their stream service. Expand

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