Tom Hardy, since he tremendously introduced himself to moviegoers in 2008’s Bronson, has been consistently building up one of the most impressive filmographies in recent years. Like Michael Fassbender, every time he’s involved in a project, chances say it will be good. Even if it might not, you can always expect him to bring his A game, constantly changing accents, tones, and personalities. This man is a chameleon actor if there ever was one.
The Drop is a fantastic and intelligent film where you must look closely to watch what is really happening through it’s casual dialogue. Tom Hardy portrays a reserved bartender in Brooklyn. A bar that’s a drop spot for dirty debts and gangster meet-ups, timidly keeping to his business and proficiently doing his duty. He works alongside James Gandolfini who also appears to mind his own and strenuously tries to continue pleasing the Chechen mobsters who pick up their cash deposits from the drop every once in a while. But the movie goes way further than this plot.
The film is sharply edited where every shot builds further suspense with the complement of a foreboding, eerie score. The cinematography is intricately detailed, expecting the audience to pick up on things as the thrilling plot advances, whether the object of interest is in the background, foreground, or the clear focus in a close-up. The pace of the picture never slugs down since every scene is considerably pivotal and the twists and turns keep coming.
In addition to Hardy’s and Gandolfini’s unsurprisingly fantastic performances, we have a whole cast from the likes of Noomi Rapace (an emotionally vulnerable single woman), Michael Aranov (a chilling, dubious villain as the head of the Chechen mob who makes the viewer’s anxious with his every glance and subtle threat), and Matthias Schoenaerts (a mysterious and unstable figure) that all share the energy of each scene they appear in. It saddens me to know that this is Gandolfini’s last project. A person that has such an incredible ability to act will be extremely missed in the movie world. May he rest in peace.
What to say about Dennis Lehane, the man himself is an intelligent man and here he drops an incredible screenplay that I’d love the read. Like Cormac McCarthy he made his first official screenplay and like Cormac he delivers, even though McCarthy’s intelligence gets me even stronger, Lehane comes pretty close second. I hope more novel writers take the chance to adapt the screenplay of their own novel. Only that way can an adaptation really shine bright.
The Drop managed incredibly tight editing (efficiently transitioning from scene to scene with a competent beat and continually building apprehension), as well as its eccentric characters that obviously seem emotionally unpredictable. The direction of Belgian director Michaël R. Roskam is very intelligentely done. Roskam is climbing up the ladder to the department of the big guys and I will happily wait what he does next.
The movie asks to be analyzed and dissected over and over again. I definitely want to see the ‘The Drop’ once again only because I want to understand everything. It left me very impressed and is one of the best movies of the year. In the beginning it did went a little bit slow, but later it got my attention and delivered all the way till the end. That’s why….
The Drop gets an 8.7/10