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Film robs attention

October 1, 2010

By Dillon Sutherland, Staff Writer

A copy of Reservoir Dogs can be found in the Duckworth Library.

Long before Brad Pitt was scalping Nazis on the silver screen in Inglorious Bastards, Quentin Tarantino released his first film, Reservoir Dogs. This movie is much less well-known than his other works, but that doesn’t mean it’s not of the same quality.

Reservoir Dogs is a dialogue-driven thriller about a jewelry store heist gone wrong. Of the group of criminals, all dubbed with colorful aliases such as Mr. White and Mr. Orange, one is realized to be a “rat” to the police. Thus, the story unfolds as the different professional criminals all seek to find out what went wrong, where the now missing diamonds are and who the “rat” is.

Due to the film’s dialogue-driven plot, the film is excellently written and consistent the whole way through. This really brings the story together and sets the tone for the movie.

As the film is powered by conversation, do not expecting scenes of guns blazing action; because, if this is what you are after, you’ll be sorely disappointed.

In fact, the heist itself never even occurs within the movie. The movie details the events before and after the job. However, this movie is packed with tons of violence, such as the infamous “ear-cutting scene.” It’s a Tarantino trademark. Be warned, this movie is very profane, so if you can‘t handle inappropriate acts and foul language, this may not be the movie for you. The movie is jam-packed with perverse scenes.

Along with an interesting plot, the film also has a great cast with Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi and Tim Roth.

Madsen in particular, does a superb job with his haunting role as the sadistically violent Mr. Blonde. Tarantino himself has a smaller role in the movie as a sillier character with certain insight on matters.Yet, it is his film style that makes this film stand out so much.

His direction style is so unique and amazing; you’ll be waiting to see how the characters will interact throughout the movie and what will happen next.

The way Tarantino presents the story, in a nonlinear fashion, makes the viewer watch intently to see if certain characters are dead, shot or alive, who the rat is and what exactly happened to the missing diamonds.

This film will draw you in and hold you in suspense the whole way through.

I definitely recommend it. I give Reservoir Dogs an A-.

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