I was lucky to watch Reservoir Dogs without knowing anything about it, making it a total surprise. It’s not your average crime movie, with the crazy shootings and car chases, but it’s a movie that brings you close to every character, when in fact, you don’t know anything about any of them.
After a jewelry store robbery goes wrong, four of the men hired to do the job return to their safe house, trying to figure out who set them up. Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) brings a heavily wounded Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) to the safe house, trying to fix him up. Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) arrives just minutes later, and all three are then joined by Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) who brings a “pleasant” surprise.
The movie avoids all the cliché bullshit, giving us a unique storyline and dialogue. It doesn’t have all that unnecessary romantic subplot, nor any goofy scenes clumsily thrown in. Every moment of the film is a new idea, different than any other ideas used in movies at that time. It’s a testament that “less is more”; the details of the failed robbery, which the entire movie is based on, are only conveyed in the dialogue, which attracts the watcher to every word said by the characters, and putting our imagination in motion so we can try to picture what happened.
Being one of Tarantino’s first directed movies, Reservoir Dogs is perfectly put together. The directing, the production, the plot, and the acting were sublime. For a story line so straightforward, the actors had a real challenge to highlight what their characters are all about. But, surprisingly, every actor did his job just fine, giving us a great performance, making us believe that they were real criminals in a documentary. And to put up with the actors’ brilliant performance, the production had to be at its best, and again, it did not disappoint. Not to forget Tarantino’s famous signature, the trunk shot, which I think is really awesome.
Some people may say that Reservoir Dogs is a little too violent, but the violence here is used to develop every character’s personality, their disregard towards human life. Every character’s own way of being violent shows the difference between him and the others. (Won’t add anything to avoid spoilers)
Reservoir Dogs is the kind of movie you can watch again and again without ever getting bored. Because, putting aside the brilliantly crafted Hollywood masterpiece, it’s all about a message, making us think about the consequences of our actions. Reservoir Dogs will always be a Tarantino classic, and won’t be forgotten by anybody who watches it.
Rating: 9/10 IMDb rating: 8.4/10