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Movie reviews: The Drop and Locke (spoilers)

I went on another Tom Hardy binge over the weekend, but for good reason. The following movies were two that I’d been meaning to see for months but hadn’t had a chance. So onward we go:

Movie: The Drop

Starring: Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace

Available on: HBO Go and Amazon Prime

The Drop is a pretty typical Noo Yawk movie in some respects in that it is set in a pretty blue collar neighborhood where the characters meet and interact, usually at the local bar where Bob Saginowski (Hardy) and his cousin Marv (Gandolfini, who passed away about a month after filming wrapped) work. Cousin Marv used to own the bar, but through some gambling and debt issues, had to sell to some Chechen mobsters. Their bar is one of many that is used as a “Drop” where money from shady business goes to for collection in the wee hours of the morning.

Bob is a pretty laid back dude, perhaps a wee bit on the slow side. He finds a puppy in a trashcan belonging to Nadia (Rapace), a neighborhood girl who’s got some skeletons in her closet as well, notably a sociopathic ex-boyfriend named Eric (Matthias Schoenaerts). People get shot, drinks are drunk, and Bob keeps slinging the drinks, cleaning up limbs, and welcoming his new puppy pal into his home.

However typical the movie sounds though, the performances of the actors sets it apart from other mob movies. Hardy gets into his character in his methody way (never change, Tom), and Gandolfini as always steals every scene he’s in. What’s interesting in this film is that the only American in the primary cast is Gandolfini, everyone else is either British, Swedish, or Russian.

Movie: Locke

Starring: Tom Hardy

Available on: Amazon Prime

Tom Hardy is literally the only person who shows up onscreen in this movie. He spends the entire length of the film in his BMW X5, driving from his workplace to a London hospital where his one night stand is giving birth to a baby (he’s married, by the way). Every interaction he has is a phone call he answers through Bluetooth. What makes the movie interesting is the content of the calls. His life’s path changes from the minute he steps foot in the car to when he makes it to his destination, and he’s not exactly a saint in the audience’s eyes by the end. Still, it’s a formidable performance by Hardy, and I highly recommend it.

If Tom Hardy doesn’t get nominated for an Academy Award this year, I’ll be very surprised.

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