Thursday, September 11, 2014

THE DROP IS PONDEROUS

Crime



THE DROP is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of BULLHEAD.  Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (MYSTIC RIVER, GONE BABY GONE), THE DROP follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars.  Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.--- The Drop website

Cousin Marv
Rick - This movie pissed me off.  THE DROP does has some decent acting. Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace are believable.  You will get tired of the halting speech patterns EVERYONE uses. It is almost like everybody had to think about what they were going to say. The performances cannot save this plodding uninteresting film.  Slow is not the word for this movie; tedious is more like it. None of the characters are likeable; the only exception is the pit bull Rocco.  Even this was ruined by the threat of impending doom that was a constant theme involving the cute puppy.

The trailer calls this movie a thriller. A thriller is a book, stage performance, or film with exhilarating intrigue. This movie has none of that. THE DROP is only 106 minutes long but it felt like an eternity.  We got to see people working in a bar. We experienced people walking the streets of Brooklyn.  We thrilled while people drank coffee in diners. We delighted in meaningless conversations. We amused while people went to mass. The only time things get interesting was near the end of the movie where the twist was and still we did not care. Even after the reveal the movie dragged on another ten minutes.

Gandolfini. This is a sad end to a story book career. His role is lost. I am not sure why he chose to do this movie. His acting is fine but there is no substance here for him to work with. Do not expect the strong Sopranos mobster here. Cousin Marv is the sad case of man that blinked, lost his manhood, and is haunted by what could have been.



I read some other reviews of this movie. There is a discussion going on that the subplot of the film is sin. Can sin be redeemed? Sin is a wicked act thought to be disobedience against heavenly rule. Maybe it is my secular beliefs but I do not see it. Just because Bob (Hardy) is a consistent church attendee we are to assume he is there to try to vindicate himself for past wrongdoings. There is no validation for this idea. You could just as easily say he goes to mass often because as a child he was brought up going to mass and it has become habit. Whatever the director’s point the church scenes are meaningless in more way than one.

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