Tom Hardy———————————Bob Saginowski
James Gandolfini————————–Cousin Marv
John Ortiz———————————-Detective Torres
Matthias Schoenaerts——————–Eric Deeds
Directed by Michael R. Roskam
Screenplay by Dennis Lehane.
Based on a Short Story by Dennis Lehane
Bob Saginowski (Hardy) is the bartender at a local bar owned by Chechens. The bar is a “drop bar” where every now and again the bar is used for a single night to drop all illegal earnings into one place. The bar is robbed on a regular night and the ensuing fallout takes the former owner Cousin Marv (Gandolfini) and Bob into some seriously hot water.
Bob walks by a garbage can and notices that something is wrong. He finds a beaten Pitbull puppy inside the trash can and there we are introduced to Rocco. Nadia (Rapace) sees Bob in her yard and asks what he is doing there. When she finds out what is going on she helps the puppy and helps Bob with his new dog.
The dogs owner Eric Deeds (Schoenaerts) finds Bob and wants the dog back. Bob tells the man the dog belongs to him now. Eric Deeds is not going to take no for an answer. Cousin Marv has ideas of his own and Bob is interested in Nadia. The Chechen Mob wants their money back no matter what. Superbowl Sunday is the next time the bar will be used as a drop bar and that means the biggest day of the year for illegal gambling will have all of its earnings stored at Cousin Marvs Bar, the perfect time for the next robbery.
The writer of the screenplay is Dennis Lehane who takes us through the underworld and around it. He has also written the novels Mystic River, Shutter Island, and Gone Baby Gone. His track record shows he is more than capable of writing a suspense filled movie.
Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, John Ortiz and even Matthias Schoenaerts all give fantastic performances. For me the real standout in this movie is the director Michael R. Roskam. His direction kept this story moving along and kept the tension mounting. I found myself using just the edge of my seat for almost the entire movie. Michael R. Roskan received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012. I believe he should get an Academy Award nomination for Best Director this year. I recommend this riveting movie but you may feel cheated when you pay full price for your seat and only use the front edge of it. This is film making excellence from beginning to end.
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Runtime: 106 Minutes
Production Budget: $10,000,000.
Domestic: Not Finished Run Yet.
Worldwide: Not Finished Run Yet.
CC Rating: 9 out of 10
Screenplay: I could not find the screenplay.
Directors’ Previous Movies: Bullhead.
If you liked this try: Unforgiven, Get Carter, The Departed.