Review: Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Reservoir Dogs Wallpaper

“I can say I definitely didn’t do it because I know what I did or didn’t do. But I cannot definitely say that about anybody else, ’cause I don’t definitely know.”
– Mr Pink

Looks like I have been revisiting a lot of old movies recently. I love old movies. They really don’t make many movies like they used to. Now, when it comes to Quentin Tarantino, you can’t help but love him. Well… I am sure there will be people that disagree, but I have to say he is some kind of special genius. He has brought some great things to us. Always weird, always strange, but never dull. Something new and refreshing every time, and he has a stark way of telling things.

Reservoir dogs

Reservoir Dogs is a film about a group of crooks brought together by the big boss, Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney). He is planning a big heist, and needs six guys to get in, get the diamonds and get out. He has a buyer set up, and just needs a trusty crew assembled. He calls in Mr Blue (Edward Bunker), Mr Brown (Quentin Tarantino), Mr Pink (Steve Buscemi), Mr White (Harvey Keitel), Mr Blonde (Michael Madsen) and Mr Orange (Tim Roth), each with a different role, each with their own unique contribution they need to bring to the table to make the heist a success, and all strangers.

Unfortunately, the robbery goes wrong, and badly. It turns into a news headlining bloodbath, and the crew scatters to get out of what evidently turns out to be a setup. With the members sporadically meeting up at the designated rendezvous, tempers flare when they try to establish whether the whole gig was a setup or not.  Mr Blonde has a kidnapped police officer in the trunk whom the men are intent on torturing for information on a rat, and the presence of the law in a hostage situation has elevated the issue enough. The desperation to find the rat skyrockets, and trust between a group who hardly knows one another disintegrates rapidly.

Reservoir Dogs was, as always, a great watch, and deserves a 8/10. Tarantino brought his quirky skills to the fore again, and has a story take shape only as it progresses, and in jumbled parts. It is an awesome journey to take with him, and he so beautifully executes his writing and directing.