“The Drop”

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Rated R

1 hour 50 minutes

Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Papace

CHICOPEE, Mass (WWLP) – Life’s tough on Brooklyn’s mean streets, where James Gandolfini’s final role in “The Drop” is among his most memorable. But It’s the great English actor Tom Hardy using his fabulous Brooklyn accent, who dominates this brooding underworld drama.

Their lives revolve around the neighborhood bar bearing Gandolfini’s name that Chechen gangsters use at a Drop. That where the underworld stashes the cash they could never deposit in a bank.

With most of the action confined to “The Drop”, Hardy’s perfectly understate performance provides an aura of mystery. Does he have a sinister agenda with a hidden ambition or is he just a simpleminded loser as Gandolfini has come to believe?

The mystery of Hardy’s true nature deepens when he adopts a dog abused by Its owner, a neighborhood thug.  What follows is both surprising and Inevitable. “The Drop” is primarily a character study and a grim portrait of shady people, you would hope to go through your entire life without once having to meet. But living in that corrupt environment, would we have turned out differently?

“The Drop” is such a thoughtful and disturbing movie, You just can ‘t get it out of your mind. It’s not a very violent film, but the characters seem ready to erupt like a Volcano.

“The Drop” simply lights up the scream with 3 stars.  From start to finish this is gripping cinema, my kind of movie.

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