After a diamond heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving members of a criminal gang reunite with the suspicion that one of them is not what he seems. The debut of Quentin Tarantino, Reservoir Dogs electrified the Sundance Film Festival.
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Tarantino's dialogue is often annoying as fuck. Even for comedy, his (often sexualized) rants are the asshole/alpha cliche, the rest a rambling geek that dorks about the trivial and monotonous details of something... two types of males I hate. Scratch that... they talk like Tarantino, the very definition of, well, a geek of film. I've talked to this type before and wished they were born with a vagina for real convo.
Reservoir Dogs is riveting the first time you see it, and it's one of the best debuts ever. The editing is outstanding, and the viewer is granted information in-movie characters do not know, which only adds to the suspense. Classic in every way. Michael Madsen is too fly.
Perhaps the greatest debut film of the 90's and certainly the best written. Tarantino's knowing, sharp script is one for the ages despite its being a sum of influences. Performances are all killer with no actor dominating. First saw this at TIFF with a packed house and a record number of walk-outs, but the applause for director and cast afterwards was deafening. A film worth revisiting every so often.
5 stars to great non-linear narration and great cast and the guts to make it this violent at that time. However, this movie lacks meaning, but it must be appreciated in its own genre and class: Storytelling cinema.