Reviewed by: Rees Savidis
Michael P. Bondies
What's it about
Eager to earn a little bit of that proverbial grip so he can finish college and marry his sweetheart, a young and naïve dingleberry named Carter (Michael P. Bondies) is charged with driving a car from the rocky vistas of Northern California to the sun and surf of Los Angeles. Little does Carter know that a briefcase in the trunk holds an ethereal power that should have fans of Repo Man crying foul - myself included.
Is it good movie?
I took a shit once that looked an awful lot like The Drop – there’s gotta be a pun in there somewhere.
Billed as a “supernatural thriller” The Drop is anything but. It’s about as “supernatural” as Pulp Fiction and as “thrilling” as a trip to the VD clinic. What The Drop is however, is a laborious and incredibly misguided game of cat and mouse that goes nowhere fast. I really don’t know how you can take such a simple concept and manage to f**k it up this bad. There’s no intricate story-weaving going on here…no challenging characters…no arcs…no big reveals that take meticulous and carefully crafted setting-up…in fact, there’s no real driving narrative to speak of – but, they f**k it up all the same. Come to think of it, maybe that’s exactly the reason why The Drop is such a turd…there just doesn’t seem to be much effort put forward on the part of the filmmakers.
I can only hope that writer / director Kevin Lewis is a huge fan of Repo Man, because it he’s not, then he might as well have just gone over to Alex Cox’s house and taken a mango-sized shit on his couch. It’s pretty f**king tough to make a flick with a mysterious glowing entity in the trunk of a car and not be scrutinized as somewhat of a plagiarist. Granted it’s not an out-and-out rip-off of Repo Man (that would require something called skill), its close enough to call it disco. Don’t even get me started on the similarities to Pulp Fiction! Actually f**k it, go ahead, get me started. Bad guys with too-cool-for-school names like Mr. Zero? C’mon man, even Tarantino has some f**king class.
If there is one tiny nugget of decent to be had in The Drop, it would have to be the dude who plays the character of Ivy…oh no wait, that’s Sean Young. Um…scratch that. Gender jokes aside (seriously though, YIKES!), Sean Young is by far the best part of this film as she brings a certain measure of quality to her performance that the rest of the cast seems largely ignore.
Video / Audio
The Drop sucks, plain and simple. Avoid it. Avoid it like it’s carrying the bird flu.