The Drop

Tom Hardy ventriloquizes a working class Brooklyn bartender caught between the flawed machinations of his venal cousin, the iconic James Gandolfini, and Chechen mobsters. Noomi Rapace plays the predictably damaged love interest. Remarkably, most of the cast of this American crime story are not actually American. Equally as notable: in this version of New York, one of the most multicultural megacities in the world, no Black or Asian people appear. (There are, however, two hard-drinking Latino cops.) Featuring a rich mise-en-scene, The Drop offers a self-consciously gritty version of US lowlife. Probably the best way to watch this film is with the sound turned down.

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