Release Date: September 12, 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 106 Mins.
Director: Michaël R. Roskam
Genre: Crime, Drama
Stars: Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Naomi Rapace
Dirty money is the life blood of the streets of Boston. A drop bar is how the money gets collected. Every bit of the ill gotten gains is left at one dive bar or another and collected at the end of the “business” day. Today the drop bar is Uncle Marv’s. The problem is that there are now two armed men asking for the money in the register. Now that they’ve been robbed there are too many interested parties. The cops, the mob, everyone is looking for the money and the robbers. Now Uncle Marv and barkeep Bob are in the center of a crap storm.
I have nothing to say about the acting but that James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy are phenomenal. Tom Hardy is just on another level. He’s quickly become one of my favorite actors. His understated and muted portrayal of Bob Saginowski is awesome. Uncle Marv played by Gandolfini in his last role, is a mess and it comes through in his brilliant performance. Noomi Rapace plays the role of Bob’s love interest and it’s a sweet yet awkward relationship that centers on a dog that audiences will fall for. The movie is tense for almost the entirety of the film and will keep you guessing who is on who’s side and who’s gonna snap first.
I loved this movie. It kept my super picky girlfriends attention and believe me that’s hard to do. Hardy and Gandolfini were standouts but no one was really a slouch on the acting front. The director seemed to pull the performances he needed out of each actor and it all gelled for a suspenseful crime film. Not much fanfare is behind this movie but after watching it I believe it’ll be a sleeper hit. 4 out of 5 stars from this critic.