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Resevoir Dogs

A 1992 film by Quentin Tarantino

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It has the all the makings of a great film but it lacks a true labor of love and a steady hand..

  • Feb 16, 2010

While it has all the ingredients of a powerful and brutal gangster classic   this 1992 cult sensation is just missing one key ingredient, Intelligence.  While it does show some intelligence in its plotting and it cinematography and camera work. But it lacks true human intelligence, wit and brutal style and reduces it's very diverse and colorful characters to nothing more than a bunch of squabbling children with loaded guns in nice black suits. But Tarantino  does his best  and his direction is top notch but his screenplay and the dialogue he gives the characters does not how off  what they really could have been  he instead turns to brutal and gut wrenching violence, wall to wall profanity(Which I don't mind so long as they take a 40 minute break.) And a story that is at times confusing and full of holes that leave out how certain events went down.  But Quentin Tarantino's  debut  is not what you think your getting but instead the complete opposite  but what it does show is that Tarantino can direct and that he has what it takes to be great, but "Reservoir Dogs" truly belongs to the dogs.






It's got great talent and allot of style put into it but it lacks care and a true labor of love, it feels rushed and choppy and uneven it doesn't take it's time and from the very beginning you feel like you came into this movie 50 minutes into the show after everything had gone down and was said and done. But the flashy and showy visual style of Tarantino is good enough to help keep you interested in this film but it won't draw you in completely. It's got class, it's  got game  and it's got a hip and cool looking cast, so why doesn't this film  float instead of sink?  Is it because it dwells in the future instead of the past and doesn't fully give you the complete story? Most definitely.  Is it because it dumb down its characters to nothing more than mental patients with constant language, brutal acts of violence and dumb moves in general? I'd have to say yes. Quentin Tarantino's debut film  is  not a must see or a  film you would want to see in general but what it does give us is one of Hollywood's best directors  who has gone on to do so much better than this and ha show that he can direct as well as he can act.






It's all star cast including Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael  Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Eddie Bunker Chris Penn  and Lawrence Tierney are all class acts in this film and do have some good scenes  when there not swearing up the wall. But there are almost completely reduced to a bunch of Pitt bulls trying to kill each other, either there yelling at each other for ten minutes and pointing guns or just plain yelling at each other. The bets scenes in the movie come from Tim Roth and only Roth. Keitel, Tierney, Buscemi, Penn and Bunker all come off as miscast talents Madsen and Roth are the only true blue well cast stars in this film. But they are not wasted completely and do give a good show but they could have done so much more and been so much more with a better script, but alas they come off as average and rub the audience the wrong way.







This film defines overblown and over hyped in every sense of the world, it's so eager to please and so eager to prove that it's great that it goes over the top and down the other side  only to miss it's target.  Grant it I will say one thing in this films favor that will never disappoint; it did have an awesome sound track.  But "Reservoir Dogs" suffers every problem a film could have and while it will please die hard Tarantino fans but it will turn off viewers who are curious about the unflinchingly brutal director. This is neither a masterpiece nor a stroke of genius but what it is a failed shuttle launch that could use another try.

It has the all the makings of a great film but it lacks a true labor of love and a steady hand..

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October 21, 2010
Oh man this is a classic, still great review man, well done.
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review by . January 19, 2012
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**** out of ****    I've seen a few heist movies in my time, but I can't recall a great heist movie in which the actual act was never shown. So given that, Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" - his debut picture - is something genuinely new, or at least to me it is. Whether it takes its narrative stylistics from some other past heist flicks in which the events leading up to and following the actual heist took center stage instead of the actual heist is not of my concern. This …
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Quick Tip by . July 27, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
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Greeeeeaat movie. Snappy dialogue. Michael Madsen steals this movie!
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
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A movie filled with lots of action and suspense.A great line-up and edge of the seat suspense. A must see
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
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Tarrantino's first movie showed he had the goods with his inventive script, quotable dialouge and great casting with the members of a gang of thieves out to rob a jewelry store and it going horribly wrong. Some say it was his jump start to Pulp Fiction and others will say it's just as good.
Quick Tip by . October 01, 2009
Tarantino's first movie is a small marvel of gunmen in a heist gone horribly wrong. Violent at times and others laid back and interesting.
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Director: Quentin Tarantino
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Comedy
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Studio: Miramax Films, Artisan Entertainment
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