The Drop

By Jill - AV

February 14, 2015

The Drop is the story of Marv - a middle-aged, wannabe mobster - and his cousin Bob who works for him at a Brooklyn neighborhood bar that serves as a front or “drop” site for the Chechen mob.   A series of seemingly random events including a late night robbery at the bar and the rescue of an abused puppy bring the two men some unwanted attention from Chechen mobsters and the puppy’s former owner turned stalker.   Dennis Lehane, who wrote the screenplay based on his short story, Animal Rescue, clearly knows how to slowly ratchet up the simmering tension until a shocking revelation builds to an explosive climax.  Fans of the late James Gandolfini will not want to miss his excellent final performance as Marv.  The real star of the film, however, is Tom Hardy who brilliantly brings the quietly observant Bob to life and slowly reveals the character’s hidden depths.  Overall Rating: B+

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