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"The Drop": The Chechen Mob Has to Put Its Money Somewhere 

Tuesday, Sep 9 2014
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Michaël R. Roskam's The Drop is a throwback to the character-driven New York crime films of the 1970s, aided in no small part by being filmed in areas of Brooklyn that don't look like they've changed much in the past 40 years. Set during an especially bleak Brooklyn winter, The Drop follows Bob (Tom Hardy) and Cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), who run a blue-collar bar used by Chechen mobsters to hide, or "drop," their ill-gotten gains for brief periods of time. Things go awry when the bar is robbed by one of the film's many interchangeable scruffy-looking guys in knit caps, and the Chechens give Bob and Marv a deadline to retrieve the stolen drop money. But the true heart of The Drop is Bob's relationship with local waitress Nadia (Noomi Rapace) as they bond over raising an abandoned pit bull. Similarly, while the late Gandolfini acquits himself like the pro he was in his final role, the real revelation is Hardy's turn as Bob. Hardy is the new Mad Max, after all, and he's the man who broke Batman's back, but he's remarkably convincing as a working-class schmo who ain't the sharpest knife in the drawer, but has a good heart and would never hurt a fly. Unless, y'know, he had to.

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