Don't go into The Drop expecting a fast paced, action packed crime thriller. It's far from it, actually. It's brilliant of course, but it's not any of those. The film is gritty, realistic and exciting, but not always entirely eventful. It tells its story at a slower pace than other gangster films, if this can even be described as a "gangster" film. In fact, don't even expect this film to be entirely as advertised. Yet again, it's not. The Drop takes a shockingly vibrant turn in its story, focussing more on the relationship between Tom Hardy's character and Noomi Rapace's character, as well as Tom Hardy's character and the dog he finds stranded in a bin. Animal Rescue is more a suitable title for the events in this film, but The Drop is a more exciting one. No matter what you want to call this film, it doesn't stop the final product from being excellent.
Much like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Drop stars an actor who's no longer with us. An actor who's so damn good at what they do, and an actor that saved one of their best performances for last. Or at least that's what it is for James Gandolfini. Phillip Seymour Hoffman may not have saved his best for last, but technically we're yet to see his last. We've seen half of it. James Gandolfini is a phenomenal actor and since this is the last we'll ever see of him on screen, I'm happy to say he went out with a bang.
The Drop is full of tension too, particularly when the third act's gears begin to grind. As the film goes on the threat, which I literally just mentioned, builds up, and in doing so the tension does too. It just builds and builds, and basic science tells us that when something is full it must go elsewhere, so the tension explodes. This explosion is timed to perfection, the tension being lost when it's no longer needed. To be honest, I'm not sure if I just complimented the film or if I described a basic thriller's ending, but either way it's a good thing. I think.