"Are you gonna bark all day little doggy,
or are you gonna bite?"
This was Quentin Tarantino's third film in the making but it was his ground-breaking engine to invade the Hollywood standards and shake things up. Quirky, wordy, fact-paced, allegoric, action-packed and some top-notch quality acting is a few things that can discribe Reservoir Dogs.
In first screening of the film the viewer might get impatient, usually frustrated and confused as it takes a real focus to get the gist of the film. From the very first shot it is a challenge, both for the filmmaker and the audience watching. Kind of like that catch-phrase 'it all starts with a bang' (okay I paraphrased it a little bit). This film will get hooked right from the very first scene. The dialogue is so tricky, so literal and coloqual that you cannot avoid but being totally engrossed in it.
Unlike other films of Tarantino, I give particular praise to this one as it managed to dupe me and keep my keen interest time and time again without failing. The who-done-it-plot is all based on the script. The wit and the elegance that it's written is like very few of this day and age have manage to succeed and this is why this is a landmark-of-filmmaking.
This film has a strong character; and an even stronger cast. To name a few: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn and the hailed actor of actors Mr Steve Buscemi. (Tarantino also is acting in this film). What a cast to work with. It is fairly hard to beat. And the actors truly give their characters the spin and thrills needed to entangle the audience and make them believe in them. But for the outcome none is sure.
To get a tiny idea of what the story is about:"Six criminals, who are strangers to each other, are hired by a crime boss Joe Cabot to carry out a diamond robbery. Right at the outset, they are given false names with an intention that they won't get too close and concentrate on the job instead. They are completely sure that the robbery is going to be a success. But when the police show up right at the time and the site of the robbery, panic spreads amongst the group members and one of them is killed in the subsequent shootout along with a few policemen and civilians. When the remaining people assemble at the premeditated rendezvous point (a warehouse), they begin to suspect that one of them is an undercover cop." (www.imdb.com)
A-rat-film, a robbery gone bad and six criminals that try to find out who was the mole. Pretty straight-forward and common-place in its themes but the trick with this one is in the story. Like a circle that keeps you on guessing who's faking it and who's not.
Fast-paced and real, authentic and with quite a few limericks this film will keep you at the edge of your couch; not only from the killer plot-line but also for the unique creative of the new-found-director-from-the-block in the early '90s, Quentin Tarantino.
Enjoy the ride my doggies!
Reservoir Dogs (1992)