The Drop

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Sky Movies Premiere: PREMIERE Friday 25 September, 11.45am and 10pm

In Brooklyn, money changes hands all night long. A network of bars is used to funnel criminal stashes of cash. Tom Hardy is Bob Saginowski, who tends bar at one such drop-off joint, Cousin Marv’s Bar. James Gandolfini is Marv, who really is Bob’s cousin. He’s a charmer: “Get all the candy and Christmas stuff down,” he tells Bob. “It’s December 27th.” To Marv’s annoyance, Bob takes pity on an old-biddy barfly and later rescues an injured pitbull puppy from a rubbish bin.

Neighbour Noomi Rapace had no idea it was there. Marv doesn’t think much of women, either: “You give ’em the Hope diamond, they complain about the weight.” Poker-faced bartender Bob watches the customers and keeps his counsel. Still waters, running not so much deep as muddy. A regular at St Dom’s morning mass, he never takes communion. When pushy Catholic cop John Ortiz asks why, Bob ends the conversation: “That’s my business.” There are some sins you can’t come back from…

The second film from Flemish director Michaël Roskam (Belgium’s Oscar-nominated Bullhead was his debut) is distinguished by a tough, nuanced screenplay by Dennis Lehane, the Boston author of Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone. Events unfold with the unerring fatalism of George Higgins’ 1970s Boston crime classics The Friends of Eddie Coyle and Killing Them Softly. The flawed participants are honestly observed in a manner remindful of David Michod’s Australian crime saga Animal Kingdom.

(A curious coincidence, perhaps, that Lehane’s source story is called Animal Rescue.) Most of all, of course, it resembles Lehane’s own accomplished body of work, the emotions bruised, the humour mordant. Performances across the board are excellent. Hardy consolidates his position as Britain’s most compelling young actor, his Brooklyn accent as resonant as his ‘Russian’ in Child 44 (in which Hardy was also partnered with Ms Rapace).

Equally impressive is Bullhead star Matthias Schoenaerts, eerily menacing as the neighbourhood bully and all-round nutjob Eric Deeds. Poignantly, the film is dedicated to James Gandolfini, who died suddenly of a heart attack in Rome in June 2013, at age 51. Exuding fear and desire in his final screen role, the big man gives a typically rich portrayal of an embittered man clutching at straws.

Certificate: 15

Duration: 107min

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Other Showings Time & Date
Sky Movies Premiere Saturday, 26 September at 2:15PM
Sky Movies Premiere Saturday, 26 September at 10:00PM
Sky Movies Premiere Sunday, 27 September at 11:45AM
Sky Movies Premiere Sunday, 27 September at 10:00PM
Sky Movies Premiere Monday, 28 September at 11:45AM
Sky Movies Premiere Monday, 28 September at 10:00PM
Sky Movies Premiere Tuesday, 29 September at 2:15PM
Sky Movies Premiere Tuesday, 29 September at 10:00PM
Sky Movies Premiere Wednesday, 30 September at 11:45AM
Sky Movies Premiere Wednesday, 30 September at 10:00PM
Sky Movies Premiere Thursday, 1 October at 12:15PM
Sky Movies Premiere Thursday, 1 October at 6:10PM