I have to admit The Drop caught me by surprise. In retrospect I should probably have expected more from such a strong cast operating in a typically understated Dennis Lehane script. Tom Hardy is particularly impressive as he soft pedals his way through this veritable sea of sharks in a Brooklyn that barely exists today, one filled with low stakes hoods, Russian gangsters and erratic ex-cons. It’s difficult to keep audiences entertained with a slow burning thriller and even harder to execute a twist we haven’t seen in the overpopulated world of crime drama but Belgian director Michael Roskam, aided heavily by Lehane’s script (adapted himself from a short fiction piece) manages to do both. The Drop turned out to be one of my favorite films this year and one I’d go back to again just to admire Hardy’s performance. I hope it gets some well-deserved recognition when the awards are announced.