MTV Review | Top Hardy + Puppy x Angst = The Drop
Puppies, brooding and NEW YOIK drama in this superior crime drama...
UK Release Date: 15th Nov
Running Time: 106 mins
Cast: Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, The Most Adorable Puppy Ever
Director: Michaël R. Roskam
Plot: Brooding barman Bob (Hardy) leads a spectacularly unspectacular life pouring pints at Cousin Marv’s (Gandolfini) bloke bar in Brooklyn. One evening he happens upon a stray pit-bull terrier puppy that has been tossed into a trashcan, and he's forced to take responsibility. A stick-up crew robs Cousin Marv’s bar and takes off with tonnes of dollars which Marv and Bob had been laundering for a bunch of not very compassionate Chechen gangsters. Life, suddenly, ain’t that simple for simple Bob.
Best Scene: Super Bowl night. It’s the climax of the movie and the drama and suspense really ramps up as Bob’s patience is pushed to the limits.
Best One Liner: “It’s not the dog’s fault the owner is a dick.” Nadia (Rapace) tells Bob, a man who seems to have more affection for animals then the human-imals that have turned Brooklyn into a bloody jungle of gangland going-ons.
Date Movie or Mate Movie: Date movie only because it’s got a cute puppy dog in it. Also because in this movie no-one is really friends. There’s back-stabbing and double-crossing and stitching one another up; it’s a bit like being back at senior school.
Scene Stealer: Rocco the pitbull puppy is a very cute addition to a movie dripping with menacing manliness, but the real scene stealer has got to be James Gandolfini in his final film role before his all-too-premature death.
WTF Moment: The bloody twist at the film’s finale.
Summary: This is an entertaining hard-boiled Brooklyn-based noir thriller. If you’re a fan of Tom Hardy’s brooding looks then this movie will certainly deliver. As ever, he plays the 'anti-hero with integrity' brilliantly, and the real meat of the drama comes from his frustration and inability to accept the injustice happening all around him (much like TV’s greatest anti-hero, Victor Meldrew.) As events escalate, the tension builds and you're always just waiting for the moment Bob finally snaps. Gandolfini and Rapace ably support with similarly conflicted, emotionally troubled characters you can't help but root for. An engaging, twist-turny and character-driven drama thriller with substantial (and puppy adorable) bite.
By Michael Currell @michael_currell