The Drop (film)
The Drop is a 2014 American crime drama film directed by Michaël R. Roskam and written by Dennis Lehane. The film is based on Dennis Lehane’s 2009 short story “Animal Rescue“. Lehane also adapted the script into a 2014 novel of the same name. The film stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz and James Frecheville. It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, and was released theatrically on September 12, 2014.
The screenplay and the short story share the climatic scene and the punch lines but are really different themes. The background of Animal Rescue is brought to the foreground of the movie. The short story is cleanly about free will on the face of the serendipity of life. The movie tries to plug holes and elaborate on the main theme, but the result is uneven and the additional elements do not fit together and the point is muffled. Nontheless, the movie is a good thriller.