Two cousins run a Brooklyn bar as part of a money laundry/deposit system that finds itself under investigation after a robbery goes wrong. The script fails to sustain intrigue but Hardy and Gandolfini fill the contours of damaged New Yorker ‘hood characters, providing the kind of depth that bears fruit as events unfold in the final act. Whilst cast and cinematography aren’t enough to completely redeem the film’s faults, its old-school storytelling and gloomily fatalistic tone will find fans.
The Drop | Michaël R. Roskam (USA 2014) with Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts. Starts December 4
Originally published in issue #133, December 2014.