The Drop (2014)
★ ★ ★ 1/2 out of 5
Directed by Michael R Roskam
Starring Tom Hardy as Bob
James Gandolfini as Cousin Marv
Matthias Schoenaerts as Eric Deeds
After a “drop bar” is robbed in Brooklyn, Bob finds himself at the center of a complex web of robbery, deceit, murder, and puppy dogs.
The Drop definitely didn’t live up to my immense expectations from it’s trailer, but it’s certainly still a really good movie. It’s one of those films that is really cool and stylish, but you know that with what it has going for it, it could still step up it’s game. The story of the film goes in a completely different direction than you feel it should at the start. It’s about a bartender and his boss trying to get money back to the Chechen mob after they’re robbed. It sounds like it could go down a gritty, mystery storyline. But really it becomes more of a conspiracy and dog film. It’s strange that the screenwriter/author decided to do it that way, because there’s so much more to be done with a crime epic than a crime conspiracy. Speaking of which, the storyline was often hard to follow, I still don’t know exactly what Marv hoped to get out of all this. It never makes perfect sense. Also, the dog, even though it’s stupidly adorable, feels more like a dumb plot device than anything. So as I’ve been saying, this movie would have been a lot better if the story worked better. Now on to the good, because there are a lot of amazing parts to this film. Mainly the acting. The Drop features one of the most solid ensemble casts I’ve seen in a while. Tom Hardy of course kicks ass as per usual. James Gandolfini is perfect for the role (it’s like a Tony Soprano ten years after being forced out of being a gangster.) But the biggest surprise for me was Matthias Schoenaerts’ performance. I’ve seen him act in Rust and Bone before, but that was in French, and god damn, you can’t even tell that the guy isn’t a native English speaker, he has a perfect Brooklyn accent. It’s incredible. Even Noomi Rapace after years of being in English films still has the Norwegian accent, she can’t not play European. Schoenaerts could very well become one of my favorite actors in the next few years if he stays as good as he is in The Drop. Also, I have to say, the gritty Godfather-like cinematography is amazing in this film. Really all together, The Drop is a weak story with awesome everything surrounding it. Some wasted potential, but for the most part, it’s really pretty damn good.