DVD Review: The Drop

If like me, you missed The Drop when it originally hit cinema screens last year, then this is your chance to finally catch this gritty crime drama on DVD and Blu-ray.

The story follows Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) an apparent underdog lonely bartender at Cousin Marv’s; a neighbourhood bar in Brooklyn. Bob’s cousin, the eponymous Marv (James Gandolfini in his last completed film role), runs the business as a “drop bar”; laundering money through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters.

Under Marv’s heavy hand, Bob finds himself at the centre of a robbery gone awry when money intended for a Chechen gang is stolen from the bar by masked gunmen.

The robbery is investigated by cynical police officer Detective Torres (John Ortiz) and while Bob tries to forge a relationship with his neighbour Nadia (Noomi Rapace) he finds himself entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighbourhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.

The big pull for The Drop is undoubtedly the multi-layered characterisations within the film. No character should ever been taken at face value and there are surprises on every level right through to the final moments.

Undoubtedly Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini are brilliantly cast in the lead roles but there are also strong performances from Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schoenaerts, the latter portraying a ticking time bomb of menace with an air of mystery.

  • This DVD review by Andy Howells appeared in The South Wales Argus entertainment supplement The Guide on March 27, 2015.
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