The Drop

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Hard crime drama is well written/acted but violent.

R 2014 107 minutes

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age 15+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 15+

Definitely NOT "bland"

Firstly, I think 17 is a bit harsh for this movie. Yes, there is some gory violence in it, but it isn't excessive, language is a bit of a concern, but TBH most 13 year olds hear this stuff all the time anyway, and it isn't excessive either. Other than that there isn't anything parents should be concerned about. The movie itself is brilliant, and the reviewer that called it "bland", well that opinion says more about them than it does about the movie. It's a slow-paced, intelligent thriller. Not a fast-paced non-sensical action movie (like John Wick, which I watched the same night). More kids around the 15 year old age group should be exposed to these types of movies IMO. Too many kids (not to mention adults) are fed cliched hollywood action junk that poison their minds as well as their taste in movies.
age 14+

Surprisingly bland.

I hate to sound like a cynic, but I feel like a fair amount of this movie's positive reception is because it features James Gandolfini's last performance. It at least had to be contributing factor. While the acting is solid and it has a fitting aesthetic, the characters and plot are very cookie cutter. It's entertaining for what it is for the first half, but then it starts to drag on. It's not to say that it doesn't try stuff new, but when it does, it's too little and too late. The plot gets convoluted and doesn't actually add up completely in retrospect, and for a movie that's 106 minutes, it still could have been around 20 minutes shorter. The one thing that is odd, however, is Tom Hardy's character. It isn't because of the acting, which is very good despite his accent occasionally slipping around, but because of the writing. There are some things said or acted by him that just come off as either odd or unconfidently humorous. The atmosphere set here is good and the costume design is very convincing, as are the sets. In the end, however, it's just another mob movie with a mildly surprising twist ending. 5.7/10, meh, one thumb down, average, etc.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

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