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Reservoir Dogs (1992)

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Quentin Tarantino came out of nowhere (i.e., a video store in Manhattan Beach, California) and turned Hollywood on its ear in 1992 with his explosive first feature,Reservoir Dogs. Like Tarantino's mainstream breakthroughPulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogshas … see full wiki

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  • Apr 1, 2002
Let's start with the good things about this movie. First, it's got a great cast: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, and Quentin Tarantino among others. Secondly, the unconventional structure of the film is brilliant, enhancing the intrigue and suspense of the "who dunnit (ratted to the cops)". Whether flying forward in time or strolling back into the past, the scenes shown develop the characters better than just telling the story in a straight narrative fashion. Finally, the movie has some great dialogue. The entire debate on tipping between Mr. Pink (Buscemi) and Mr. White (Keitel) at the beginning of the picture is classic and illustrates how witty the wordplay can be.

Now, for the bad. RESERVOIR DOGS really isn't that great of a movie. There isn't much of a plot: a bunch of criminals who don't know each other get together under a crime lord to pull of a diamond heist and everything goes wrong. We never see the actual heist and that's okay because the movie isn't about the heist, it's about the criminals. However, movies that are based largely on character development aren't usually that interesting and RESERVOIR DOGS is not an exception. The little action that there is usually involves people shooting each other or cutting off ears or soaking prisoners in gasoline or someone bleeding to death. That's the extent of the action. The film is full of gratuitous ultraviolence that serves no purpose. The witty dialogue is dragged down as well, by the constant unnecessary use of foul language (Richard Pryor didn't use the f-word that often).

RESERVOIR DOGS showed promise. However, even though it was Tarantino's directing debut and made a dent in the fabric of popular culture the movie dies faster than any of the bleeding men in the story.

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