Hardy's performance will seem dim-witted to the un-educated Summer movie fan, but his slow demeanor hides important reveals and a simmering rage that Hardy keeps tightly controlled until it's time to play. And when that moment happens, it reminded me of his performance in Lawless: more dangerous than any other person in the room, but never one to boast about it. Roskam lets Hardy and Gandolfini (in his final performance) chew on the meaty script by Penner Dennis Lehane, one moment playing deadpan humor and the next planning to how to get one over on the Chechens. We come to feel sorry for these characters, as if a breath of sunshine or a change of scenery would bring them back into the fold; but this isn't Fairytale Town, and I have zero problem with that.
The Drop is rated R for some strong violence and pervasive language.and has a runtime of 106 minutes.
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