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Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Reservoir Dogs (1992)


Harvey Keitel
Tim Roth
Chris Penn
Steve Buscemi
Lawrence Tierney
Michael Madsen

Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Reservoir Dogs is an oldie, but an enjoyable one at its best. I have heard of this movie many times before, but this is my first time seeing it. The movie makes the best of what you could see as a tiny budget and even though you do not get to see the heist or get a glimpse of what went down, the movie does justice in letting you know. Which for me added to why this is one classic movie to see. How Tarantino planed and plotted the path to make this one movie you will love to see again in the future is worth awarding.

The movie plot starts with a bunch of men sitting have a meal and talking about a Madonna's song. These men have given themselves names according to colours to protect their indentiy in the case something goes wrong. Next we jump ahead to a man tagged Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) bleeding in the back of a car being told he will be alright by Mr. White (Harvey Keitel).

Soon we learn that the men are put together to commit a heist to steal diamonds. When Mr. White makes it to the rendezvous point with a bleeding Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) joins them and tells White that they were setup. One of the men Mr. Blondie (Michael Madsen) went a little crazy and started shooting which led to the cops coming in. Mr. Pink noticed that the cops came in immediately Blondie killed someone which means they were waiting to take them, but had to move in when Blondie started killing people.

They (White and Pink) do not have track of what happened to the others in their team. It is certain there is a setup, now with the death of some of their men the guys seem confused on what to do, and are interested to know who set them up.

The movie has the normal Tarantino style of movie making, it has non-linear storytelling, bloody, very violent and lot of profanity. The use of the n-word was in my view unneeded. The movie made me uncomfortable somehow when the n-word was used in two different scenes by a white person. The context to which they were used caught me unawares. Call me silly, but I felt it was so so unneeded, there were better ways to have passed those messages across.
In Tarantino’s filmography this movie this is the first movie which he wrote and directed. The movie’s class is how the story is being placed together. Other than the marvelous writing and the intense that comes with this heist film, the acting is also something you will enjoy. It seems all the actors had something extra to give and they gave it all in this movie.

Seen by many as one of the best independent films to see, the movie did moderately in the box office.


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