Spared or Spoiled Film Reviews: The Drop

The rules are simple: The good get spared. The bad get spoiled.

The Drop (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

The Drop

Directed by Michaël R. Roskam

Written by Dennis Lehane  Based on Animal Rescue by Dennis Lehane

Starring Tom HardyNoomi Rapace & James Gandolfini

The Drop is a crime drama about a bar. A small neighborhood bar that sometimes serves as a drop for mob money. It is the story of an unassuming man. You know the type. The movie cliche; He’s a nice guy but anyone who knows him well knows that he is not someone to be messed with.

Verdict: SPARED

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy plays this unassuming man to perfection. The Drop is not a great movie but it is a good suspenseful crime drama, full of tension and paranoia and good performances from its three leads. Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and the late James Gandolfini.

Noomi Raoace, Tom Hardy and Rocco

The Drop is a slow burn, as we wait for our hero to get annoyed enough to take action and it is very satisfying when he finally does. The suspense and the tension builds to a perfect release and that’s all you really want from this genre of film.

James Gandolfini

There is nothing new here. We’ve seen this movie before. But this is a well done version of that story. The good guy who used to be a bad guy but doesn’t want to be the bad guy anymore but they… just… keep…. pushing him.

Tom Hardy and Rocco

The Drop is a gritty local crime drama with a good story. And there’s also a cute doggy.

– Mel


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