English Review – Reservoir Dogs (1992)


Reservoir Dogs is a short crime experience simulating an operation goes wrong you never see before, and maybe, ever again.

What does make Reservoir Dogs is one of paramount action-crime of all times is that the movie doesn’t concern of being itself in the term of structure. Reservoir Dogs doesn’t follow any common act of crime movies. You would be really surprised that the entirety of the film is the entirety of the film. You would be thinking why the film was just it until you amazed that the film is perfect for being exactly just like that.

It’s the typical Quentin Tarantino that doesn’t offer much about the movie background and let you examine by yourself. You only know that the movie is about several people who are going to rob a bank in upcoming hours having breakfast at a local eatery. They’re talking about no plan, but instead a lengthy inconsequential discussion that doesn’t have any relevance to the story (which I adored and enjoyed very much).

Then their time’s come. Then, it’s the opening credit. Reservoir Dogs A Film By Quentin Tarantino. Then, bam, we have one of the character screaming inside a car with freaking blood (that’s Tim Roth). How could it be like that ?, we don’t know, something might be had happened. Can you just do that to your movie, to the audience ?. Doesn’t that just make it escalated quickly ?. Doesn’t that just make your viewers confused ?.

Why’d we had the main scene skipped ?. Well, if you felt that way, you perhaps just watching Tarantino the first time. And you shouldn’t be bothered by that or anything.

When you watching any Tarantino’s, man you’re not expecting what is going to happen, you just sit and see what is going to happen. And by far, it never disappoints.

Reservoir Dog is mainly about a post-crime situation. An act after the main act had happened. A follow-up panic. A ‘what if it goes wrong’. It’s pure magic when a movie offers a premise we haven’t experience before, like this.

Then one man comes up with an idea that there’s a rat business in the house. Anyone must have been setting their up. But some don’t feel like that. Nobody was set anybody up. They’re arguing each other. Blah Blah. You may count the F words. One guy tries to keep professional, one guy stands that he had done right, one guy blaming others for being not clear enough, they are pointing gun at each other, showing a gut, but one thing that clear that they’re not clear about what they are gonna do with that. Reservoir Dogs is all about subtext, and Tarantino is mastering on creating sharp and loud lines we never bore. Another character coming, and the argue restart. So much tense, absolutely exciting.

It’s minimalist, yet has a perfect story to tell in that simple empty warehouse set. It’s primarily a heated dialogue-driven but Tarantino also delivers bold character attitude into his characters. They are genuinely bad guys and one of them may really bad it gives you a one of disturbing remark. I’m talking about that ear.
Reservoir Dogs is a magnificent introduction for Quentin Tarantino, he knows so well about picking actors. Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen all leave a remarkable acting and so successful Tarantino had to play them again in his next movies. Daring, forceful and monumental while it exaggerating for good, the film ultimately portrays an issue of trust and mistrust, about which side are you on, peaked with a shocking moment of an ugly truth.