Let me begin by saying that in the fall movie preview I wrote last week I whiffed. I whiffed big time. I somehow looked past the latest adaptation from one of the best American writers working today. Debuting in cinemas this Friday is The Drop– a crime drama starring Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), James Gandolfini (The Sopranos), and Noomi Rapace (the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trillogy). How did I miss this?!
From Dennis Lehane- author of Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River, and Shutter Island– The Drop is a film adaptation of the book The Drop which expands on a short story entitled Animal Rescue which Lehane contributed to the book Boston Noir, a book of short stories published in 2009.
Lehane’s filmography credits are more than enough to convince you to go see this movie. Gone Baby Gone was Ben Affleck’s directorial debut and the mark of the return of the man who would be Batman. Mystic River was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor with Sean Penn and Tim Robbins bringing home the latter two awards respectively. Shutter Island was directed by Martin Scorsese and is being adapted into a television series. In addition to his film adaptations, Lehane was also a writer for The Wire. THE WIRE! The greatest American television show possibly ever. So yeah; I think this is going to be pretty good.
The Drop also carries the distinction of being the last film role James Gandolfini would ever play. His performance is undoubtedly worthy of holding that honor.
Paired with Tom Hardy- one of the best actors working today- and Noomi Rapace, The Drop is a gritty crime drama that is exactly what we need during the post summer blockbuster season.
What’s It About: Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.
Should You See It: Without question. What separates all of Lehane’s movies from other crime dramas is the weight the environment brings to the picture. The sense that the events we’re seeing unfold on screen are not only stand alone as compelling, but the lives of the protagonists and antagonists have been building to this specific moment. No fluff. No posturing. We’re meant to be seeing all of this.
The characters all wear a shared history on their faces and carry the burden of truth on their shoulders. The presence of “the neighborhood” makes all the difference in filling out the body language of a movie. Good Will Hunting would not have been nearly as good if it wasn’t set in Boston; a city where people bottle up their feelings until they erupt in all out “YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR THAT S***, SKYLAR!” fury or grab you by the throat and ask, “You got that chief?”
The Wire, set anywhere but “Bodymore, Murdaland” seems like absolute blasphemy. It is the haunting 6th man of “the old neighborhood” that keeps Lehane’s film projects in a class all by themselves. I’m positive that The Drop will prove to be no different.
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