The Drop (film)

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The Drop
The Drop Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichaël R. Roskam
Written byDennis Lehane
Based on"Animal Rescue"
by Dennis Lehane
Produced byPeter Chernin
Dylan Clark
Mike Larocca
StarringTom Hardy
Noomi Rapace
James Gandolfini
Matthias Schoenaerts
CinematographyNicolas Karakatsanis
Edited byChristopher Tellefsen
Music byMarco Beltrami[1]
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
Release date
  • September 12, 2014 (2014-09-12)
Running time
106 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
Budget$12.6 million[3]
Box office$18.7 million[4]

The Drop is a 2014 American crime film directed by Michaël R. Roskam and distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures. It was written by Dennis Lehane, based on his 2009 short story "Animal Rescue". It follows Bob Saginowski, a barman who becomes entangled in an investigation after the mafia-run bar where he works is robbed. It stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini (in his final film role), and Matthias Schoenaerts.

The film was produced by TSG Entertainment and Chernin Entertainment. It premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and was released theatrically on September the 12th, 2014. It grossed $4.1 million during its opening weekend and $18.7 million worldwide, against a budget of $12.6 million.[5] It received positive reviews and has an 89% approval rating based on 198 votes on Rotten Tomatoes.[6]


Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) is a barman at a neighbourhood bar in Brooklyn. Marvin Stipler (James Gandolfini) ceded ownership of the bar years earlier to Chechen mobsters and now operates it with Bob as a 'drop' for illegal takings. Marv ridicules Bob and some patrons for commemorating the 10th anniversary of the murder of a man named Richie Whelan.

On his way home, Bob finds a battered pit bull pup abandoned in a dustbin in front of a house. While rescuing it, he meets Nadia (Noomi Rapace), a resident of the house. Bob leaves the dog in her care until he can decide whether to adopt him.

When the bar is robbed by two masked gunmen, Marv is annoyed that Bob told investigating Detective Torres (John Ortiz) about one of the gunmen wearing a broken watch. Torres, who has seen Bob at the church they both attended regularly, is intrigued by Bob's reluctance to take Holy Communion. Chechen thug Chovka (Michael Aronov) later threatens Marv and Bob and tells them they must make up for the stolen money. Marv then meets with one of the perpetrators, Fitz (James Frecheville), revealing that he orchestrated the robbery. A later discussion between Marv and his sister, Dottie (Ann Dowd), reveals Marv’s motive is to continue paying for his father’s life support.

Bob decides to keep the dog and names him Rocco, all the while bonding with Nadia, who agrees to care for the dog whenever Bob tends to the bar. Nadia has scars on her neck that she reveals were self-inflicted when she once had a drug problem. While walking Rocco in a park, a man, Eric Deeds (Matthias Schoenaerts), approaches Bob and comments about Rocco. Deeds later appears at Bob's house and provides proof that he is the dog's actual owner and admits to beating and abandoning him. He threatens to call the police if Rocco is not returned to him.

Later, Bob and Marv find a bag at the bar containing a severed arm with a broken watch together with the stolen money. Bob is unnerved when Deeds appears in the bar and reveals he is friends with Nadia. Marv informs Bob that Deeds is a dangerous thug who claims to have killed Richie Whelan. Bob disposes of the arm and confronts Nadia, who admits that she and Deeds used to date. Bob and Marv return the money to the Chechens, who in turn inform them that the bar will be the drop site on the night of the Super Bowl.

Marv tries to convince Fitz to rob the bar again on the night of the drop. When Fitz refuses, Marv kills him and then recruits Deeds to rob the bar. Bob is later confronted by Deeds, who demands $10,000 or else he will take Rocco, starve him, and beat him again. When Marv informs Bob that he will be calling in sick on the day of the Super Bowl, Bob becomes suspicious and warns him not to do something desperate "that we can't clean up this time". On Super Bowl night, with Rocco in tow, Bob takes $10,000 hidden in his basement and hides it with a pistol behind the bar counter.

Deeds breaks into Nadia's home and forces her to go to the bar with him. Elsewhere, Marv lines his car trunk with plastic before parking and waiting near the bar, watching various mobsters drop off money.

Eventually the bar clears except for Deeds and Nadia. Deeds refuses Bob's offer of $10,000 for Rocco, then threatens to kill Nadia if he does not open the time lock safe during a brief window available at 2 a.m. While they wait, Bob tells a story about Marv skimming off the Chechens when he was a loan shark. Bob once killed a customer who had hit a huge casino jackpot, using the money to pay Marv's debt to the Chechens, and Bob disposed of the body in his heating oil tank with lye and laundry detergent. He reveals to Deeds and Nadia that the victim was Richie Whelan, whom Deeds has always taken credit for killing. Bob then draws his gun and shoots Deeds dead at point-blank range. Bob tells a terrified Nadia that she can leave, that no one will ever hurt her again, and that he knows she will never inform on him.

The Chechens dispose of Deeds' body and collect the money from the drop. Chovka indicates to Bob that he was aware of Marv's deceit, and Marv is shot to death in his car while waiting near the bar. Chovka accepts that Bob played no part in the robbery and provides him ownership of the bar. In a voice-over, Bob reflects on his fear and sadness that his sins have doomed him to eternal loneliness.

Det. Torres visits Bob at the bar to offer condolences over Marv's death, which Bob attributes to a carjacking gone wrong, while Torres believes it to be an execution. Torres asks Bob if he has seen Deeds as he has been reported missing and was last seen at the bar, just as Whelan had been years earlier. Torres tells Bob of the tie between Deeds and Whelan in that Deeds always took credit for Whelan's death but was in a psychiatric ward the night Whelan went missing. Torres then insinuates that Bob is responsible for both Deeds' and Whelan's disappearance by saying "No one ever sees you coming, do they, Bob?"

Later, Bob visits Nadia and asks if she wants to see him again or if she wants him to stay away forever. Nadia offers to take a walk with him and Rocco and goes to get her jacket.



Box office[edit]

The Drop opened in 809 theaters in North America and grossed $4,104,552, with an average of $5,074 per theater and ranking #6 at the box office. The film's widest release in the United States was 1,192 theaters and it ultimately earned $10,724,389 domestically and $7,933,992 internationally for a total of $18,658,381, above its budget of $12.6 million.[4]

Critical response[edit]

The Drop received positive reviews from critics and has a "certified fresh" score of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 198 reviews with an average score of 7.08/10. The critical consensus states "There's no shortage of similarly themed crime dramas, but The Drop rises above the pack with a smartly written script and strong cast."[7] The film also has a score of 69 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 36 critics indicating "generally favorable reviews".[8] Particular praise was given to the performances of Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini.[9][10]

Film reviewer Mike Dennis[11] gives it 3 ½ out of 4, citing "outstanding performances, script, direction, and especially cinematography by Nicolas Karakatsanis, whose bleak rendering of Brooklyn has never been matched."


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  8. ^ "The Drop (2014)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  9. ^ "Movie review: The Drop goes deep in a rough part of town". The Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
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