BLINDSPOT: Reservoir Dogs (1992)

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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

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10 thoughts on “BLINDSPOT: Reservoir Dogs (1992)

  1. I really love this. For a long time I considered it Taratino’s best. I think Pulp Fiction and Inglourous Basterds are better, as a whole, but there is something special about this film. It’s so raw and gutted and just bursting with the obvious potential that Taratino possessed at a young age.

  2. I love this movie! The non-linear structure certainly fits with Tarantino’s later films (especially Pulp Fiction and Inglorious Basterds), and it is weirdly brilliant that they never show the heist. Part of it I would say has to do with the fact that we are left to infer what happened, and probably what we imagine might have gone down is a lot more interesting than anything Tarantino could have filmed.

    1. Yeah, that’s why I love the heist… cause it’s never been filmed and left for us to interpret. If it’s filmed, it might feel like any gunshot rampage like in Inglourious Basterds or Django Unchained, but, given the budget for his first indie movie, I’m sure this is a great cope up with situation 🙂

  3. Love the way you formatted this with lists. Excellent points made here. As with all of Tarantino’s work, the dialogue is the shining star and the violence is more for show. This is a perfect heist movie! And that soundtrack!

    1. Thank you, Brittani! Well, my first Tarantino’s movie was Kill Bill and it was shocking to me. Yet, Reservoir Dogs gave me the same shock as Kill Bill in a different way. I’m also glad that you like it!

  4. Count me as another who absolutely loves this movie. That opening scene in the diner is just so perfect. The dialogue all the way through is amazing. Great review.

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