As awesome as it is to have a sweet pit bull puppy featured in a major box office film, could it be a bad thing?
Do you remember what happened with “101 Dalmatians”?
Everyone ran out and found a Dalmatian puppy to bring home. The substantial increase in demand caused over-breeding, genetic issues and a huge influx of Dalmatians in local shelters.
I think the main difference between “The Drop” and “101 Dalmatians” is that “The Drop” isn’t specifically about Rocco, the Pit Bull puppy that stars in the film. The movie is about Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy), a bartender who uses his business as a cover for a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters in the underworld of Brooklyn bars.
While under the instruction of his boss, who is also his cousin, Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone wrong and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past and ideal of working together to make a living no matter what the costs.
But, Bob decides to make life changes when he finds an abandoned Pit Bull puppy in the trash. The puppy helps Bob reevaluate his life. The movie definitely features the breed’s good side and popular misconceptions about the breed.
I believe a Pit Bull was used instead of any other dog because the breed represents Bob’s character and the judgement he suffers.
The movie stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini. Three puppies are used throughout the film. The directer is Michaël R. Roskam.
Roskam says it best, “When we save a dog, we save ourselves.”
“The Drop” hits theaters Friday, September 12, 2014.
If you want to read the book, “The Drop,” the movie was based off Dennis Lehane’s book “The Drop.” Dennish Lehane is the author of Shutter Island and Gone Baby Gone.
Hopefully, because this movie is directly about Pit Bulls, the demand will not cause an ill-effect on the breed.