The Drop

Movie:  The Drop

Rating:  3 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:  Life is funny; you never know what seemingly minor action might have major consequences down the road.  That whole theory about a butterfly in Malaysia affecting the NY stock exchange.  What happened to Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) wasn’t a butterfly, it was a dog.  Bob was heading home late at night from his job tending bar and heard a pitiful cry from inside a garbage can.  Inside was a puppy, beaten bloody, and helpless.  Bob took pity on the animal and took him home, and in the process got involved with a waitress named Nadia (Noomi Rapace).  Dominoes fall, and Bob starts to have issues with Nadia’s former boyfriend Eric Deeds (Matthias Schoenaerts), a self proclaimed badass and possible killer.

Bob is a pretty ordinary guy, seems almost slow witted, and works hard at a run down bar in Brooklyn that used to be owned by his cousin Marv (James Gandolfini).  Marv still manages the joint, but it is secretly owned by the Chechnya mob, and these are some very scary dudes.  Marv is not doing so well in his life, mostly living on his days of past glory as a neighborhood tough guy.  Every night some people stop into the bar to leave their “drop”, an envelope of money from some illicit activity, and Bob accepts the drops for collection at the end of the evening by the mobsters.  Heaven help anyone who robs a bar owned by the Chechnya mob….

This is a very solid crime story, with extremely well developed characters and plotting.  It is based on a story by novelist Dennis Lehane, who also did the screenplay for the movie.  It is a dark, gritty film in a Brooklyn setting where you know not much good is ever going to happen.  I definitely recommend this movie for anyone who likes a gripping crime tale.

Actors To Watch:  Last film for James Gandolfini, a powerful character actor.  A very solid cast featuring a surprising number of foreign actors.  Tom Hardy, best known as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, gives an excellent performance.  Matthias Schoenaerts is from Belgium, but you would never know he wasn’t a New York native.   Noomi Rapace, star of the Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, is from Sweden, and she was fine as well in her role.

Huh?  What the….:  (Scene in a church) – Who knew there was a Saint Rocco?

Sorry, but I don’t see patrons of a run down bar in Brooklyn always drinking Dos Equis and Stella Artois beers.  These folks would think Budweiser was a premium beer.

Dialogue Nuggets:     “In Brooklyn, money changes hands all night long.”

“Let’s assume I’m not some asshole without a plan.”

“When I walked into a place people noticed and sat up straight.  I was respected!”

“No one ever sees you coming, do they …?”

 

 

 

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