“You shoot me in a dream, you better wake up and apologize,” Mr. White.
Along came the first Blindspot series in sinekdoks with Quentin Tarantino’s directorial debut in the pitch: Reservoir Dogs, one of the best indie and heist movie I finally seen.
From the talky opening scene, in which the gang sits along a round breakfast table prior to the heist, I know where all finical, garrulous dialogues in Tarantino movies rooted from. From a convocation about Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin’ to an argument about tipping, this is a warmest opening scene for a heist movie I ever seen—the dialogue’s just too thought-provoking and too appealing to miss, though it feels too chatty. Essentially, DIALOGUES shoot louder and harder than guns in Reservoir Dogs; and that’s good.
However, the best part of it is the heist, which was never pictured on-screen—was never shown and never ever made appearance—but still makes one of the best heist in cinema ever. The use of code-name, the rule of never telling the real name, and the rule of never arguing the given code-names really represent Tarantino’s sense of humor. And, oh, was the substantial heist all a joke? ‘Cause if it was, it’s definitely a sarcastic joke and it nailed it bitterly.
What I like most from Reservoir Dogs:
- It has all quotable dialogues including the one I like most from Mr. White I quoted above.
- THE HEIST is awesome! Oh, I’m telling lies. It’s only described with dialogues and the best thing is: nothing’s the same.
- The nomenclature: Mr. White; Mr. Orange; Mr. Blonde (WTF!); Mr. Blue; Mr. Brown (Tarantino himself!), and Mr. PINK (Steve Buscemi!)
- Vic Vega by Michael Madsen—he’s mad and he’s Pulp Fiction‘s Vincent Vega’s brother.
- The blood. The flesh. The ear. So graphic. So Tarantino.
- The ending. The fate of every character. So Tarantino (So Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained)
What I do not like:
- In some parts, it feels so dragged. Like very dragging.
- Some deaths. So unexpected.
Reservoir Dogs is a beautiful indie-heist movie that looks violent and blatant without the usual ‘cinematic’ on-screen heist. This is a punch-in-the-face debut from one of the most talented director living.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Crime, Drama Written & Directed by: Quentin Tarantino Starred by: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney Running Time: 99 mins Rated R for strong violence and language