The Drop is the story of Bob Saginowski (played by Tom Hardy) a bartender at a Brooklyn bar, ostensibly owned by his cousin, Marv (played by James Gandolfini.) The bar is the location for money drops from Chechen mafia, who actually own the bar. The Chechens move the money around the city to avoid having to use banks.
Unfortunately having large, unreported sums of cash on hand makes the bar a target for two petty thieves who rob Bob and Marv. The Chechen mafia gets wind of it and they threaten Bob and Marv with torture and death if they do not get the money back.
In another story line, Bob rescues a puppy from a trash can, left there to die. Bob meets Nadia (played by Noomi Rapace), who owns the house with the trash where bob found the abandoned dog. Bob and Nadia start dating. Soon after, Nadia’s psycho ex-boyfriend (played by Matthias Schoenaerts) shows up. He’s an ex-con who brags about being responsible for an unsolved murder.
Based on a short story by Dennis Lahane, The Drop is a taut, gritty crime thriller. As the two story lines converge, there is a surprising plot twist and things are not what they appear to be on the surface. Bob appears to be soft-spoken and low key but the truth is unsettling.
Worth a look if you like smart, well-written crime dramas.
Skip it if you like more happier, more upbeat movies.
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