“The Drop” – new wave of American-European film

Having recently watched this movie I could not contain myself from writing this post about it – that’s how much I liked it. Coming from the director of another interesting Belgian film “Bullhead” Michaël R. Roskam, “The Drop” also signifies the tragic career end for James Gandolfini. Nevertheless, let’s get a little into the plot.

Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy), a shy bartender who works for his cousin Marv (Gandolfini), finds a pitbull puppy in a dumpster one day. Thus, he meets a lady – Nadya (Noomi Rapace), who is helping him to take care of the dog. Alongside that story, Bob and Marv have problems with the owners of the bar, Chechens, who are trying to get things straight about people constantly trying to rob them. A fella appears, Eric Deeds (Matthias Schoenaerts), who not only claims to be the owner of the dog, but also seems to be Nadia former boyfriend AND has a eye for the money of the bar. That’s when we discover that Bob Saginowski is not a shy and silent as we think he is.

The film is an adaptation of a short story by Dennis Lehane called “Animal Rescue” and is beautifully adapted into film. For some people the dialogues and the way scenes are shot may seem a bit weird, as I learned from watching it with a friend of mine. Even if the movie seems peculiar in the beginning however, do finish it – I promise you it’ll be worth it in the end. It could be that my compliments towards it were born while watching the brilliance of two of my favorite actors, Hardy and Gandolfini, but having re-watched the film couple more times I realized it is pretty well done by itself. Many people won’t agree with me, but I put this film into the category of “dark comedy”. To see if you agree or disagree, watch the film and see for yourself – it will be worth every minute spent.

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