The Drop

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The Drop is a film with a lot of potential that is only marginally realized. The main issue here is that there is just way too much going on, and none of it is fully fleshed out.

Detective Torres (John Ortiz) literally does nothing, and yet appears in several important scenes. The viewer is never told why he is “investigating” such an old murder case and, from a narrative standpoint, it honestly doesn’t make much sense. At least dozens of detectives and other people involved in the justice system must have read Eric Deeds’ (Matthias Schoenaerts) file, and yet Torres is the one to conveniently put two and two together.

Cousin Marv (James Gandolfini) has a brilliant plan to steal money from the Chechens, which involves going into partnership with sketchy drug dealers and the guy with a history of mental illness. Unsurprisingly, these plans go completely awry.

And in the middle of it all, Bob (Tom Hardy) gets a dog. It’s an adorable dog but, in the long run, means very little to the overall plot. The dog is a vehicle to introduce Nadia (Noomi Rapace), and thus the love interest for the film.

There are some other themes at play here which make The Drop more interesting than other mundane mob movies. The idea of being unable to change the past and reclaim what was lost or missed is discussed often. I’m sure there was some meaning intended for why Bob refused to take communion, or why the church building was sold, but it passed beyond my understanding.

The best part of this film are the performances; namely Tom Hardy. I’m constantly impressed by not only his acting skills, but also his ability to change his voice to fit the character that he is portraying. I truly believe he is one of the most versatile in the current industry.

Overall, The Drop doesn’t bring anything new to the genre. Bob is an interesting character to watch, and his chemistry with Nadia is awkwardly endearing. The dog is adorable, and the death of Eric Deeds is extremely satisfying. There is also the overarching message that no one is alone, which is wholesome and adds another layer to the film.

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