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 Hardy) and “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.”
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:
Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his careful cultivated existence.