Director: Michael R. Roskam
Writer: Dennis Lehane
Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Ann Dowd
Studio: FOX Searchlight

“The Drop” is a crime film that wants you to understand the life of the criminal. After explaining what a drop bar is in great detail, the audience gets to experience the life of working in a drop bar. Gandolfini and Hardy play well off each other. Plus, there’s some stuff with an abandoned pit bull and Noomi Rapace. The film kicks into gear once the bar gets robbed and the cops start sniffing around. The Chechen mafia isn’t going to take kindly to the attention given to their drop location and the crap hits the fan.

Crime drama plays on atmosphere and character work. As we find out that Gandolfini knows more than he lets on, the film takes many dark turns down what an insular group of people are willing to do to save their necks. When we dwell on Tom Hardy’s character for too long, we start to see too much of the long game that Dennis Lehane set up in the original novel. It’s an issue I saw in my recent viewing of “Gone Girl”, but that literary adaptation knew how to world build slightly better. So, what do we make of this?

The longer I dwell on the ending, the more my brain starts to melt. Bob is a bad guy, so is Marv. Nadia is a victim, just as much as the weird Deeds. However, they know where they come from and they play an important role within the greater microcosm. Much like the injured dog, Bob takes in…these people know they only have functions. The dehumanizing effect this has on the film makes the ending feel that much colder. While some might blame the proliferation of Cormac McCarthy material among a Hollywood populace that still reads books, I feel it belongs somewhere else. What that is, I don’t know yet.


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