Reservoir Dogs – Review


Joshua Rhymer, That's Rad/Trending Editor

So, let us talk about Reservoir Dogs. Its rawness and realistic take on paranoia and the disintegration of a group is so real and invigorating to watch. This movie was so amazingly directed (props to Quentin Tarantino for that) and the style is really thrilling. The story is an original take on a heist gone wrong. It centers on seven criminals who are hired to rob a jewelry store, and what happens to them after the heist goes awry. You never see what happens at the jewelry store, but you piece the situation together through descriptions from the terrified characters. While half the movie takes place in the warehouse rendezvous point, the other half is flashbacks to the characters before the heist. It is through these flashbacks that you get to piece the story together. The dynamic between the characters is also great. The constant flashbacks reveal the characters before the job, and how they got the job in the first place. And while some characters have their moments of agreement, they are always overshadowed with paranoia and the underlying fact that there is an enemy among them, and that no one can be trusted. This leads to some amazing interactions between the characters, such as where they will pull a 180 and hold their partner at gunpoint. These scenes really express the pressure and anxiety felt by everyone in the group. Also, each character is different. You have crazy guy Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), the coward Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi), the thinker Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), the rookie Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), the awkward -he-is-kind-of-there (Tarantino himself), the angry son, Nice Guy Eddie(Chris Penn from Footloose), and the son’s dad, the Boss (Lawrence Tierney). While there are other characters in the movie, they play minor roles that do little to affect the story. As these characters interact throughout the film, you see a dynamic that few movies have. These characters do not bond. These characters do not become friends. These characters do not care about each other (for the most part). They just want the money, and to go on with their lives. Now unlike most movies with twist endings, this movie drops a bomb on you halfway through the film. It hits hard. While you may see it coming, you do not expect it till the end of the movie. Having it at the halfway mark, it keeps you guessing. It makes you uncertain of the ending, making the movie all the more unpredictable. And uncertain it is. The ending is left ambiguous. While a majority may say it happened how it would seem, nothing in this movie is what it seems. If you have seen other Tarantino movies, such as True Romance and Pulp Fiction, you will get very subtle information on the characters of Reservoir Dogs. While some may not be solid evidence, it certainly is enough evidence to stir the pot. In the end, Reservoir Dogs is simply an amazing crime movie. And in a complex way, it is an amazing case study of paranoia.