Reservoir Dogs (1992)
USA / English
"Seven Total Strangers Team Up For The Perfect Crime. They Don't Know Each Other's Name. But They've Got Each Other's Color "After a simple jewelery heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
Ten years on - still brilliant!
It's hard to get your head around the fact that 'Reservoir Dogs' has been
around for ten years. It's almost difficult to remember a time before
Tarantino made such an enormous impact (good and bad) on movies, but I saw
this movie first time round before the hype. All I knew was that, like
another "dog" movie from the same era that I saw, 'Man Bites Dog', that it
was supposed to be violent, funny and disturbing, and that it starred a long
time favourite of mine Harvey Keitel, and Tim Roth, who I mainly knew from
Greenaway's 'The Cook The Thief His Wife & Her Lover'. Okay, I hope it's
good I thought as I waited in the cinema listening to some half remembered
70s A.M. pop and a strange conversation about Madonna's sex life (the cinema
was playing the soundtrack album before the main feature, but what did we
know). Then the movie itself, electrifying and fascinating from the word go.
It's impossible to describe the impact of seeing this for the first time
without knowing what to expect! Still one of my greatest movie memories. Ten
years later I've seen it countless times so the surprise has obviously worn
off, but it is still a brilliant movie because beneath the violence and
wise-cracks of Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi - 'In The Soup'), Mr. Blonde (Michael
Madsen - 'Thelma & Louise'), and Nice Guy Eddie (Chris Penn - 'At Close
Range'), there is a lot of depth, that being the very human relationship
between Mr. White (Keitel) and Mr.Orange (Roth). To me that is one of the
things that elevates this above the many lame and unoriginal
"Tarantinoesque" movies we've had to endure since 'Pulp Fiction'. His
imitators just simply don't have a clue!
Simply brilliant cinema, and a modern classic. This is absolutely essential