A seemingly normal guy named Bob Saginowski leads what appears to be a quiet life. He works as a bartender at his cousin Marv’s bar. The soft-spoken and well liked Bob works hard and stays out of trouble. This simple life becomes far more complicated when Marv’s bar is robbed. Normally that wouldn’t be too much of a problem but the bar happens to be owned by the mob.
My expectations were low for this movie because it looked like it was going to be just another mobster movie. Interestingly enough, that is not exactly what it turned out to be. The fact that the bar is a mob bar is the cog of the story but all the events around it are the real story and the mob seems to play only a small part of the events. The intertwining of the characters kept the movie interesting throughout despite its slow pace.
Tom Hardy was seemingly built for the role of Bob. Capable of being the quiet man but just as capable of being the bad ass. Set against James Gandolfini’s role of Marv, a loud and angry man full of regret, the movie shows a great contrast of characters.
James Gandolfini’s final performance doesn’t get much credit or mention even though this movie was ver entertaining. Granted he was better known for the Sopranos but this movie should be given more consideration.
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