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|Regie:||Michaël R. Roskam|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 107 Min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
All over Brooklyn some bars serve the organized crime as "money drop". Without much notice, large amounts of money are "parked" in such a bar one evening by the Mafia bosses, which are then picked up at the end of the night. Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) works in one of these bars which once belonged to his cousin Marv (James Gandolfini). Now Marv runs the shop just for the Mafia and has lost every spark of joy in his former passion. But it doesn't get really unpleasant until the bar is attacked one day. Because not only does the owner of the bar demand the stolen money back from Marv. Now the police are also interested in the store. In this situation Bob doesn't really like the fact that he suddenly has to take care of a new roommate. But when one evening, on his way home, he finds a badly damaged puppy in a garbage can, the loner doesn't have the heart to leave the dog to his fate. With the help of the closed Nadia (Noomi Rapace), in front of whose house he found the dog, Bob wants to take care of the little creature. And it won't be long before the two of them get closer. But this calls Nadias violent Ex Eric (Matthias Schoenaerts) on the plan. The times in which Bob could lead a quiet, unobtrusive life in the shadows of society are finally over at the latest now…
"The Drop - Bargeld", the US debut of director Michaël R. Roskam, gives in the first minutes the impression of being a mixture of classic gangster thriller and character-oriented milieu study. But then the story based on a short story by Dennis Lehane ("Mystic River", "Gone Baby Gone") takes a slightly different turn with the discovery of the little Pit Bull puppy. The thriller becomes more and more a character study of a quiet loner, an unusual romance and a quiet social drama, which heads for a surprising climax in a depressing atmosphere.
This mixture, enriched with a pinch of very quiet humor, makes the film absolutely thrilling despite its enormous slowness. Roskam especially gives lead actor Tom Hardy enough space to fully unfold his talent here. At first it seems as if Bob is a rather one-dimensional, clearly drawn figure. But at first Hardy makes it clear in a very subtle, but at the end in a surprisingly drastic way, that this isn't the case. Thus it also represents the great strength of the film, which increasingly questions its initially clearly defined roles and blurs the boundaries between good and evil, between right and wrong.
That's the main reason why the story is extremely thrilling until the end, despite its very carried narrative style. Surely, thriller fans who need speed, action and a lot of blood for good entertainment will have to fight against extreme boredom. But those who appreciate adult, character-oriented genre cinema will get their money's worth here. Because atmospherically as well as - thanks to James Gandolfini, who died far too early - acting-wise this gangster drama clearly plays in the first league. And for that there is a very clear one: Worth seeing!
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