By the director of 2011’s Bullhead (Michaël R. Roskam) and the writer of Mystic River and Shutter Island (Dennis Lehane) comes the story of a Brooklyn Drop Bar. A drop bar is a mob owned bar that is used to funnel money for various criminal activities. On any given night, money can be found at one of these bars. Criminal pro tip: Don’t rob a mob owned drop bar. Life Pro Tip: Don’t become a criminal.
The Drop is a character driven drama, meaning the cast will make or break the film. Spoiler alert, they made it!
The film opens with a narration by Tom Hardy’s character, Bob Saganowski. A soft-spoken, matter-of-fact man Bob tends the bar at his Cousin Marv’s mob-owned establishment. James Galdolfini plays Bob’s Cousin Marv. A once well respected thug, he is now the hot tempered pseudo owner of his own bar. The establishment is soon robbed, and two men make off with over five thousand dollars of the mob’s money. Enter Detective Torres (John Ortiz, Silver Linings Playbook), a highly perceptive yet unassuming New York detective. The following day, Chovka (Michael Aronov), the Chechen mob lieutenant overseeing Cousin Marv’s establishment, visits and is none too happy with the loss of their funds. In the midst of all of these though people we meet Nadia (Noomi Rapace, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), a once drug addict now recovering woman trying to piece her life back together after dating Eric Deeds (Matthias Schoenaerts, Bullhead) an abusive boyfriend and thug with a violent reputation. Each of these characters add to the tapestry of tension that is The Drop, and their interplay is fantastic. Though I’ve been told some of the Brooklyn accents weren’t up to par, this was not an issue for me.
The Drop is a slow and tense movie so if you can’t hang with that, stay away. There are no action sequences, explosions or chase scenes to be had in this gritty, dark, dialogue driven look at the streets of Brooklyn. Sure, it’s been done, but The Drop does it well. I would highly recommend this film if you are a fan of the genre.
Though only violent a few times throughout its nearly two hour runtime, the violence is very realistic and brutal. Coupled with an excessive amount of vulgarity, I would not recommend this to any young viewers.
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