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
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.