Every bit of Brooklyn in “The Drop,” James Gandolfini’s final film, is cold and just hangin’-in-there, from fences festooned with dim Christmas lights to driveways where blood mixes with snow. It’s New York as living graveyard. People stuck in dangerous lives can sense that, around every corner, there’s a different way to live.
The warmest spot in this terrific, absorbing drama is of course a tavern, Cousin Marv’s. It’s a hangout for Jets fans and blue-collar guys, run by Marv (Gandolfini). Marv’s cousin, a shambling nice guy named Bob (Tom Hardy), pours the drinks.