Today’s IMDB Top 250 Guest Review comes from Rob of MovieRob. He also reviewed Saving Private Ryan and The Manchurian Candidate and Pulp Fiction and Strangers On A Train. Thanks for all the reviews, Rob! 🙂 Now let’s see what he has to say about Reservoir Dogs, IMDB rank 70 out of 250…
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Reservoir Dogs (1992) is the movie that made me fall in love with Quentin Tarantino’s film making style.
Most people didn’t hear about him until he made Pulp Fiction, but I somehow came across this movie when it was released on video in 1993.
Because it’s a low budget movie, Tarantino decided to save money on filming the actual heist portrayed in the movie, but rather used other moviemaking techniques to make us believe that we saw what happened during the heist despite having the movie begin during the aftermath.
The way he did this was to create a perfect mix of conversational dialogue and storytelling by the characters that we get such a complete picture in our minds of the event that creates the movie’s story without seeing one shot (from a camera or bullet) within the store.
On his script alone, Tarantino was able to gather such a talented cast who all agree to low salaries to be a part of this near-masterpiece.
Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn, Michael Madsen and Tarantino himself are all perfect in their roles and we get drawn in more and more as the movie moves along.
Being a fan of obscure movies let Tarantino “borrow” different elements from so many movies in order to create this film.
Among them, there are definitely blatant references to The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three (1974) and The Killing (1956)
This movie also has changed the way anyone will ever think of the song Stuck in the Middle With You
For a debut film, it quite amazing how great a movie Tarantino was able to construct.
Most people still think that Pulp Fiction is his best film, but this movie on a small budget is done so perfectly in a simple fashion that in my eyes, even the great Pulp Fiction can’t hold a candle to this excellent heist movie.