The Drop – Movie Review

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Well, one thing I can say about this movie, is that it kept me riveted into what was happening. It’s quite a slow paced film, but it’s meant to be. It’s allowing you to take in what life is like for “Bob Saginowski” (Tom Hardyand “Cousin Marv” (James Gandolfini), as bartender and owner of the “Drop” bar known as “Cousin Marv’s”. Here’s an excerpt that explains what a drop bar is: “Its the central bar that holds all the collection money from other mob owned businesses to be picked up later.”

[SPOILER ALERT]

Hopefully not too many spoilers will be given in this, as I don’t tend to give anything away from the film. I found this movie entertaining to watch though, so I thought I would work on telling you a few things from the film.

After initially seeing everything that’s going on in the bar, we watch as Bob goes home. On his way home, he finds a whimpering pit bull (which has been beaten) in a bin. Nadia (Noomi Rapace) is wanting to know who is rummaging in her rubbish, so comes out to find Bob. She takes a picture of his license and sends it to a few of her friends, presumably so that she has proof of who she was last with, in case she goes missing, and so that it helps to prevent anything bad from happening.

After seeing to the dog inside, Bob asks Nadia to look after the dog which she reluctantly agrees to, stating that he had to pick up the dog on Saturday though. Someone is watching the two, as they exit the house.

Bob is a guy that goes to church, lives a relatively simple life and bartends.

Nadia and Bob like each other, so we see a little relationship blossom between the two. Unfortunately, Nadia’s ex, “Eric Deeds” (Matthias Schoenaerts) has other ideas. He doesn’t like that, unbeknownst to us, his ex Nadia AND his dog are being looked after by Bob. This makes Eric want to get revenge.

Eventually the film works out in a strange old way. Through the robbery at Cousin Marv’s and the final meeting between Bob and Eric, the film almost doesn’t seem finished. We have the robbery, in which money was stolen…and then returned with…I won’t say what (you need to watch the film!). Then we have the final meeting of Bob and Eric, as I said…and this is where it all changes… I’m not going to spoil that much. I mean…it’s the ending for one, and two, it changes your perception on the whole movie!

Honestly, before seeing this movie, I wasn’t overly enthralled with going to watch it (apart from about 20 minutes before seeing it, in which I was eager with anticipation!). I just didn’t think it was going to be that good, especially because it’s not my kind of movie. However, after watching it…completely the opposite! It’s a great movie, even if it does lack speed at times. Don’t get me wrong, I love the natural, slow pace, but some scenes probably needed a little tightening. The mood of the film is portrayed brilliantly, and it’s a perfect movie! Very well executed! Especially on Tom Hardy’s part…superb acting! (Spoilers!)

Here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it yet:

Interstellar – Movie Review

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Despite the bad reviews that some people gave Interstellar, I went to see it on the day that it was released. Again, despite reviews…I was blown away. By that, I don’t mean that it was another Michael Bay film with explosions and action packed into every frame of the film. I mean that it was perfectly crafted, shot to shot, from start to finish. Years of preparation went into making it and it was from the mind of one of the greatest directors of our time… Christopher Nolan.

[SPOILER ALERT]

Most reviews have been saying that the movie was too slow or that the plot was non-existent. I want to come back to the point that I made about this NOT being an action film like everyone thought it would be. It wasn’t meant to be another Armageddon, with debris flying left, right and centre. It wasn’t supposed to have gun fights or car chases. It’s a movie about humanity and it’s fight for survival. It’s about the human race using up all of it’s resources and dying off if something isn’t done. One man has had the training for the sort of mission that is prepared for him, whilst a large population of the world rely on their vast knowledge of farming to fight for survival.

With a family at home, Cooper has to abandon his young daughter and son to save the human race from extinction. It’s unlike any other “end of the world” scenario film that has ever graced cinema screens. It takes a meaningful dive into what life actually would be like in that sort of situation and delves deep into science and space travel. Coming to terms with the inevitable fate of the human race, Cooper and a few colleagues can only watch from space as time ticks by on Earth. In some areas of space, every hour is seven years back on Earth, which makes it hard for Cooper to be able to get back as quickly as he would have liked for his daughter, as he said he would be back. He made sure not to promise her anything or say that he was “saving the world”, as that would frighten her and make her think that the world was ending in the first place.

After leaving Earth, leaving his family and friends, Cooper and his team head off into the universe for space exploration, in order to find another planet capable of sustaining life similar to that of Planet Earth.

With an incredible soundtrack, a touching story, superb performances from all of the cast, including some epic long duration shots of space spotted throughout (which I might add, are brilliantly executed!), this movie is ingeniously created to be more than just another Hollywood film about the same old thing. I just want to add that absolutely NO CGI was used to make this film! Interstellar is created in such a way that it pulls you into the storyline and characters emotions. It makes you feel something which you may have thought you had lost when watching films.

To really understand the meaning of the film, and to be able to understand exactly where I am coming from with how amazing this movie really is, it needs to be watched.

In case you haven’t seen the trailer yet, here it is…just bear in mind that it is a lot better than the trailer makes out, and for once the trailer doesn’t give anything away!