Drama. Starring Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz. Directed by Michael R. Roskam. Cert 15A
With a Denis Lehane script based on his own short story and featuring the final screen appearance by James Gandolfini, this tale of low-level crime centred around a Brooklyn dive bar should have had my name written all over it but doesn’t quite hit heights I’d expected.
I’ll put that down to my own over-eagerness but, that said, The Drop is a solid and occasionally powerful piece of work.
Central to proceedings is Tom Hardy as Bob Saginowski. Bob works at Cousin Marv’s Bar, a joint occasionally used by the Mob to drop off illegal loot which Marv (Gandolfini) used to own outright until he got into some financial trouble and had to sell out to a Chechen gang.
Slow of movement and seemingly of thought, Hardy channels Brando as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront here, not least when he adopts an abandoned pitbull pup and befriends neurotic waitress Nadia, played by an underused Noomi Rapace.
Unfortunately for Bob, when the bar is robbed he and Marv are on the spot for the money stolen, in addition to which Nadia’s psycho ex Eric (Matthias Schoenaerts) is back on the scene and making a nuisance of himself.
As you can see there’s plenty to be getting along with there, the film looks suitably seedy and down-at-heel and the performances are uniformly good.
However, despite all the positives The Drop just doesn’t quite ever take off the way it could have but is still worth a look nonetheless.
Science-Fiction. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, Mackenzie Foy. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Cert 12A