A Brooklyn bartender finds himself caught between the cops and a crew of Chechen mobsters, in this gritty crime drama starring Tom Hardy, Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust & Bone), Noomi Rapace and the late, great James Gandolfini.
Tom Hardy delivers his most accomplished
performance to date in the English-language
debut from acclaimed Belgian
director Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead).
Hardy is Bob Saginowski, a Brooklyn
bartender who's as big-hearted as he is
streetwise. The bar is Cousin Marv's, a
neighbourhood watering hole that doubles
as a drop bar — a place for its owners, some
local Chechen gangsters, to launder money.
Bob and Marv walk a thin line between
regular life and the underworld — especially
Marv (James Gandolfini), a former
crime boss now in the pocket of a new and
much crueller operation. When the drop
is stolen in a holdup, they must weigh the
threat of the Chechens against that of a
sharp and curious cop (John Ortiz). Bob's
life is further complicated by a chance
meeting with a local woman, Nadia (Noomi
Rapace), and it isn't long before his own
past returns to haunt him.
Using grey, misty hues and a foreboding
atmosphere, Roskam sets a nuanced character
study in a world of moral ambiguity.
Hardy comprises its centre in a typically
heavyweight — if deceptively slow-building
— turn, surrounded by a splendid international
cast including Rapace (The Girl with
the Dragon Tattoo), Belgian (and soon-to-be
Hollywood) star Matthias Schoenaerts
(Bullhead, Rust and Bone), and Gandolfini
in his riveting final performance. Roskam
lends a distinctly European sensibility to
The Drop's very American milieu, allowing
the film to move naturally toward a
gripping conclusion that will leave hearts
racing and minds wondering: just which of
these animals truly needs rescuing?