Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.
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Follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters - "money drops" - in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv, Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.Written by
Because none of the actors are from New York, the filmmakers brought in dialect coach Jerome Butler to create a cohesive accent, which was then customized for each character. "Tom is a native English speaker, so I asked him to play a straight Brooklyn accent," says Michaël R. Roskam. "Noomi is Swedish and I didn't mind if she had a slightly different accent. Her character might have come here at 12 or 18 and could still retain a little touch of something else, but she speaks good English. The differences are very credible and very close to the Brooklyn reality. And then there is Matthias who likes to play those Brooklyn accents. He just loves doing it and he's actually really good at it, as well." See more »
At the movies end Bob and Nadia are in Nadia's front yard. It's right after the Super Bowl, which is usually at the end of January, but the forsythia is clearly in bloom which happens in the spring.
Showing forsythia in bloom was intentional and intended to alert the viewers that several months had passed. See more »
There are places in my neighborhood no one ever thinks about. You see them every day and every day you forget about them. These are the places where all the things happen that people are *not* allowed to see. You see, in Brooklyn, money changes hands all night long. It's just not the kind you can deposit in a bank. All that money needs to end up somewhere. They call it a drop bar. A bar the bosses choose randomly each night to be the safe for an entire city. You never ...
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You either love it or hate it I guess. Definitely in that first category.
More and more I tend to dislike the usual chewed up/spat out run of the mill Hollywood fare that comes by in dozens. I mainly concentrate on European and Asian cinema. But every now and then America still shows signs of movie-greatness with beauty's like "Killing them softly", "The Counsellor" and now this crime drama that I think can most definitely be compared with those films.
Old fashioned character- and story driven movie-making that hits you in the gut instead of computer driven video game making that only makes your gut grow from falling asleep on the couch.
And characters it brings. Enough has been said about the beautifully understated role by Tom Hardy, and James Gandolfini, whom I've always enjoyed watching perform, certainly leaves a big void with this being his last performance, man, will he be missed. Noomi Rapace is also noteworthy, but the scene-stealer for me is, again, Matthias Schoenaerts. A menacing, explosive and powerful presence and a very worthy, and deserved, international debut.
And it may be purely coincidental (don't think so) but this great director, Belgian Michael Roskam, known for "Bullhead"(check it out, please) is a European. As is Ridley Scott and Andrew Dominik, while not European, sure as hell ain't from the states either. People making great American movies/stories with new flair and originality.
Okay, so I might be overreacting a little, but I sure loved it and hope to see many more like it.
Moviegoers will hate this, Cinemalovers will love this 8/10
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