CINEMA REVIEW: The Drop (15)

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TOM Hardy is smouldering and sexy in this gritty crime drama set in Brooklyn’s underworld.

The Drop follows lonesome bartender Bob Saginowski (Hardy) who finds himself in the midst of a bad situation after the bar owned by his cousin Marv (James Gandolfini) is robbed at gunpoint.

Marv is a former crime boss who has suddenly found himself under the thumb of a dangerous gang.

His bar now operates as a drop point for cash, which is then laundered for Marv’s Chechen paymasters.

Meanwhile, Bob rescues an injured dog that he finds in a bin outside the home of a woman named Nadia (Noomi Rapace) and the pair become close.

But the new friendship doesn’t sit well with the dog’s owner, Eric (Matthias Schoenaerts), and Bob also faces problems when Detective Torres (John Ortiz) starts sniffing around the bar.

The slow-burning flick is based on a short story by Shutter Island writer Dennis Lehane.

It’s dark, gritty and compelling. Hardy is fantastic as the unusual character and he completely drives the film forward.

It has quite a slow pace but builds and builds to an explosive ending.

Hardy will keep you absolutely gripped. The film has a certain charm and provides a few laughs but is hard-hitting and exciting too.

The Drop is out now. See it at Cineworld Boldon. Click here to book tickets.

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