The Drop is about the slightly slow and somewhat dimwitted Bob (Tom Hardy) as he tends bar for his cousin Marv (James Gandolfini). Years earlier Marv considered himself the local tough guy until some Chechen's forced Marv to cede his bar over to them. Marv still gets to run the bar as he would, but now the bar is used as a drop off point for illegal money. Although the Chechen's don't always use Marv's bar, the routine is changed to prevent robberies. While Bob is walking home one night after work, he finds an abused dog in a trash bin outside the house of his neighbor Nadia (Noomi Rapace). Nadia helps tend to its wounds and Bob mulls over the idea of adopting the dog, even though he's pretty clueless when it comes to taking care of dogs. Feeling connected and sympathetic to the abused pup, Bob decides he wants to adopt it and calls him Rocco, however Eric Deeds (Matthias Schoenaerts), Nadia's ex turns up and starts making waves with Nadia and demands that Bob return the dog to him or pay him an exorbitant amount of $10,000 dollars.
Meanwhile Marv's bar was robbed on money night, and the Chechen's tell Bob and Marv to get the money back, or else. Bob and Marv eventually get the money back, but Bob begins to suspect that the bitter Marv, who's long held a grudge against the Chechen's is 'trying to start something'. The Chechens tells Marv that their bar will be 'the drop' for Superbowl night, and to make Bob even more suspicious Marv calls in sick. Bob warns Marv off doing something stupid. Meanwhile Bob still has to contend with Eric who's trying to fleece Bob for Rocco, as he flaunts Nadia against her will because he knows Bob likes her. All these events are leading to one showdown which will irrevocably change each and every person's life.
The Drop is another in what feels like a long line of these Brooklyn set crime dramas, it's also the last film of James Gandolfini, so that brings an unintentional sense of melancholia to The Drop. Where The Drop differentiates itself from all the other crime movies is in its approach to the characters. We never see or discover these characters when they were arguably in their prime, or how they got muscled out of the business.
Instead, the past of these characters is partly revealed through their highly nuanced performances, a simple sigh here, a quick glance there all hint at their history and feelings with each other and their current state of mind, but nothing is overt. I don't need every dot to connect in a movie, but there is a lot of dots to connect in The Drop. You'll have to put the pieces together yourself because there's very, very little in the way of exposition, The script is taut and wisely restrained, but it's a very rewarding and satisfying movie.
The Drop is definitely a slow burner, there's no car chases, there's no shoot outs and there's very little in the way of gratuitous violence, so if you're expecting another Goodfellas or The Town, you'll be disappointed. The Drop is a fairly simple story told with a highly unorthodox approach to the genre, it's not a gangster movie per se. The Drop is thrillingly unique and is a worthwhile movie, once you think about it, although it can feel slightly underwhelming, initially. It can feel boring at times and Tom Hardy is occasionally inconsistent as Bob, but he and Nadia developed a nice and believable bond with each other through Rocco. The Drop is still an absorbing movie that was perfectly good, but it could have been great. I do feel like I want to watch it a second time though, because I feel like a lot of elements will come into focus knowing some of the details that I wasn't privy to the first time around.
Written by - The Sentry - 24/12/2014