The Drop is the latest crime drama thriller from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of the film Bullhead. Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone) wrote the screenplay for The Drop which is based on the short story by the same author “Animal Rescue.”
The Drop tells the story in a mostly simple setting of Brooklyn, NY and a bar owned by the mafia. Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) keeps cash for local gangsters as a money drop in the underworld of the mob scene. The bar is a puppet bar owned by his cousin Marv (James Gandolfini) who finds himself as a critical suspect of a robbery that went wrong and starts a cleverly written and very intense investigation into not just the city’s past but also its eerie locals. Noomi Rapace plays Nadia, who ends up being Bob’s love interest and Matthias Schoenaerts performs admirably well as Eric Deeds as the messed up abusive ex-boyfriend in a not entirely original motif that has been played out a lot.
The Drop is very succinct in its storyline and the camera direction by the director and the director of photography keeps things entertaining even when not a lot is happening on-screen. Though the storyline is rather slow at times, it keeps a level of tension throughout the movie in general and makes The Drop an interesting look into a bar with a lot of problems in crime.