Starring: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Quentin Tarantino, Edward Bunker, Randy Brooks, Kirk Baltz
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Written by: Quentin Tarantino
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 39 min
Quentin Tarantino’s first full length feature film explodes into the lexicon of movie nerdom, like the coolest Shakespearean tragedy The Bard wished he had written! Yes that’s right folks, I just compared Quentin Tarantino to William Shakespeare, and I don’t feel the least bit guilty about that. Try to tell me the dialog in Reservoir Dogs isn’t memorable. That the opening conversation about the meaning of Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ and the reason Mr. Pink doesn’t tip isn’t permanently seared into the brains of anyone who saw and loved this film.
This tale of a bank heist gone horribly wrong has it all. Friendships, betrayal, murder, blood, cowards, psychos, torture and heroes. Filled with ugly nasty characters that we can’t take our eyes off, and told in a non-linear fashion that’s both entertaining and very easy to follow. The story expertly develops its key players, and gives its cast the space to inhabit their characters and deliver great performances.
The plot in Reservoir Dogs is dispensed in a non-linear way, meaning, this film jumps forward and back through the story’s time-line. The film is also very violent in places, but some of the worst acts are insinuated rather than shown.
This is nicely shot, but any sized screen is probably going to service this film well enough. Just make sure you can hear all the great dialog!
The opening scene where the guys are having breakfast. Mr. Blonde’s time with the cop listening to K-Billy’s ‘Super Sounds of the Seventies.’ Mr Orange’s commode story preparation and execution, and when the guys all get assigned their aliases – plus many more!