Top 365 Films – #248 – The Drop (2014)


Top 365 Films - The DropDIRECTED BY: Michaël R. Roskam

STARRING: Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, Elizabeth Rodriguez and John Ortiz

BUDGET: $12.6m

EARNED (Worldwide): $18.6m

AWARDS: None

 

SYNOPSIS

Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.

 

Bob is a bartender that works with his cousin Marv, who used to be the owner of the bar they work at. Sometimes the bar is used as a ‘money drop’ scheme for local gangsters until one night the bar is robbed and the drop is taken. As the gangsters, Bob and Marv try to figure out who robbed them, Bob meanwhile meets a woman after finding a puppy in her bin, which leads to her disgruntled ex-boyfriend emerging on the scene.

 

The biggest surprise film of 2014 for me was the release of The Drop. I didn’t know much going into the film, other than it has Tom Hardy putting on a New Jersey accent and it’s the final role of the late great James Gandolfini. The film itself is a definition of the slow burn, given the cast time to develop their characters, the cinematography is well handled here for the dark, moody tone of the film. Noomi Rapace is good in her role in which she mainly shares her scenes with Tom Hardy, while Matthias Schoenaerts is good as the ex-boyfriend with a touch of boiling rage underneath the surface (coming off Rust + Bone). It’s a great last performance from Gandolfini as Cousin Marv, basically playing Tony Sopraneverwas, a man who becomes consumed by the past and believes he’s earned the right to reclaim the stance and respect he once had. this is Tom Hardy’s film, playing Bob to the point he seems so easy going that he appears to most simple minded, but underneath all that there’s just a beast waiting to be pushed hard enough to come out. Love this film.

 

FAVOURITE SCENE: Eric Deeds arrives at the bar with Nadia during the Superbowl. It feels like the scene plays out forever as the tension increases with each passing second as to how Bob will deal with the situation as we watch on.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘There are some sins that you commit that you can’t come back from, you know, no matter how hard you try. You just can’t. It’s like the devil is waiting for your body to quit. Because he knows, he knows that he already owns your soul. And then I think maybe there’s no devil. You die… and God, he says, Nah, nah you can’t come in. You have to leave now. You have to leave and go away and you have to be alone. You have to be alone forever.’ – Bob

DID YOU KNOW?: This was the last film appearance of James Gandolfini, he died one month after shooting had wrapped.

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