Michaël R. Roskam's name is one I was vaguely familiar with before last year, but The Drop has really put him on the map for me, and made me want to check out his earlier work.
Only his second feature-length film to date (after doing a few shorts before that), The Drop is an adaptation of an original short story by Dennis Lehane. Lehane is the man who wrote the novels that Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island are all based on. And The Drop is also Lehane's first film actually writing the screenplay.
Roskam and Lehane both do a great job on the adaptation, and I think it's a real shame that it didn't get much more attention during the Oscars and BAFTAs, etc. last year. Lehane's script is a real sharp and tense crime drama, which Roskam superbly brings to life.
Tom Hardy delivers a wonderful leading performance, one of his many greats, starring as Bob, a young bartender who finds himself facing some tough choices that will ultimately decide his fate, in the crosshairs of the mob following a robbery gone wrong.
The supporting cast notably includes the late James Gandolfini's final ever feature performance, and whilst I would have loved to see him lead in his last film, he nonetheless delivers every bit as brilliantly as you'd expect from him, and it's retrospectively all the more heartfelt now that we know it to be his last.
Noomi Rapace, star of the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, is also a pleasure to watch in the female lead, with Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone) doing another great job as another main support.
For the most part, it's really Tom Hardy that fills the screen, giving a nuanced performance as a complex character in this Brooklyn underbelly. It's a gritty thriller that deserves to be remembered and rewatched for years to come.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. THE DROP is a crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead. Based on a short story from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), THE DROP follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski through a covert scheme of funnelling cash to local gangsters – "money drops" – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv, Bob finds himself at the centre of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighbourhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.
Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini star in this crime drama directed by Michael R. Roskam. Bob Saginowski (Hardy) is a lonely bartender who has a business on the side; he channels money for local gangsters with the help of his cousin Marv (Gandolfini). When the gangsters come looking for more cash after a robbery goes wrong, Bob and Marv find themselves in deeper than they ever could have imagined.