Reservoir Dogs, 1992, USA
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Staring: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Micheal Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi & Lawrence Tierney
"Are you gonna bark all day, little doggie, or are you gonna bite?"
To compare this film to the likes of Pulp Fiction would be pain wrong. Although similar in many ways, these are two different films that tackle different issues. It is also important to note that Reservoir Dogs was made before Pulp Fiction so if anything, Pulp Fiction should be likened to Reservoir Dogs.
When 7 gangsters all with different stories and different connection the the mob boss Joe (played by Lawrence Tierney) pull off a job together, it is discovered that one of them is a rat. This creates tention and deceit within the group and small alliances form. The entire film, minus the first seen, is set in a warehouse. And with the inclusion of each new member to the ron day view point, we slowly learn more about each character through scenes shot in retrospective. It is this "back in time" film technique that demonstrates the how and why different characters react to this conflict the way they do.
This is Tarantino's first major feature film and it is incredible that a director of only 29 and with only minimal film making experience was able to make such a powerful film. Like most Tarantino films, the camera work and cinematography is simple yet amazing, and the writing superb. Disjointed time series and the way each scene was able to flow into one-another could never be recreated, I love it. The themes and dialogue in this film are absolutely brilliant. For example, in the opening scene Mr. Brown (played by Tarantino himself) explains to the gang the meaning behind Madonna's song 'Like a Virgin.' And the way in which the camera spins around the table... Wow!
Acting in this film is perfect. I have seen many movies that feature Steve Buscemi, but only recently I have discovered that the true actor he is and he quickly is becoming one of my favourites. Tom Roth plays a convincing role as his character; Mr. Orange. In fact, all actors played their roles convincingly. I was able to make a connection with all of them; from the sweet affectionate Eddie (Penn) to the wild and unpredictable Vic (Madson) ond even the ragged and determined Mr. White played by Harvey Keitiel.
Quentin Tarantino has a genre, I just can't seem to give it a name. It is his own style that no one else could ever pull off. And believe me, many have tried... and failed! Both Fiction and Dogs are about 'West Side Gangsters,' both tackle kinda the same issues and both feature simular, if not the same, actors. But if you were to ask me which one was better, I would have to say Reservoir Dogs. It's heavier in terms if themes and possibly violence, but it's lighter as it doesn't mess with you head as much, but defiantly still gives you a run for your money.