An international trailer for The Drop has, well, dropped – and similar to its U.S. counterpart, this theatrical preview hints at an engaging slow-burn yarn, descended from the hard-boiled, Noir-influenced school of crime drama. Credit for that belongs in no small amount to screenwriter Dennis Lehane, author of the source novels for such acclaimed gritty Boston drama/thrillers as Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone, as well as the 1950s mystery/thriller Shutter Island (which Martin Scorsese adapted into more of a Golden Age Noir/horror throwback film).
Judging by trailer footage, The Drop also boasts some intriguing stylistic flourishes and directorial choices, courtesy of helmsman Michaël R. Roskam – a Belgian filmmaker who was also responsible for the Oscar-nominated non-English language crime/drama, Bullhead. As it were, Roskam’s sophomore feature-length directorial effort will also serve as his Hollywood debut.
It also helps to have a hard-hitting cast at your disposal, of course, and The Drop certainly has that – featuring a leading turn by Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), along with supporting performances from such people as Noomi Rapace (Dead Man Down), the late James Gandolfini, and Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone) – who previously starred in Bullhead for Roskam.
Check out the UK quad poster for The Drop below, courtesy of Empire (which also premiered the new trailer):
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Story-wise, The Drop is based on Lehane’s short story “Animal Shelter”, about a fellow named Bob Saginowski (Hardy’s character), who finds an injured pit bull puppy and cares for it and protects it from its abusive ex-owner. In the film version, however, Lehane has included elements of his “Animal Shelter” story into the script – mostly as a subplot involving Rapace’s character, by the look of it. The central narrative thread has Bob winding up in the middle of a robbery gone wrong, at the bar where he works – which Gandolfini’s character uses as a front for “money drops” to local Boston gangsters.
Hardy’s already having a good year, earning much in the way of critical acclaim for his one-man show in Locke (read our review) – and, by the look of it, The Drop may keep his winning streak alive. Fans of Hardy’s blockbuster work, meanwhile, can look forward to him starring in next year’s long awaited Mad Max: Fury Road.
The Drop opens in U.S. theaters on September 12th, 2014.