Who doesn't miss seeing James Gandolfini onscreen? The Drop, a potent, propulsive crime drama, gives us one more chance to salute the formidable talent of a remarkable actor who died in June 2013 at age 51. Gandolfini is dynamite in his final screen role, as Marv, a small-time crook who runs a Brooklyn dive bar that serves as a money drop for Russian wiseguys. The bartender, Marv's cousin Bob (a transfixing Tom Hardy), goes along with the scheme until he's pushed too far.
Working from a taut script by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River), director Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) makes every brutal, bracing minute count as Bob takes a stand with the help of a damaged woman (a very fine Noomi Rapace) and a rescued pit bull. Lehane based the script on Animal Rescue, his short stor...
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