Reservoir Dogs

Film, Thrillers
5 out of 5 stars
Reservoir Dogs
Reservoir Dogs

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars
Tarantino's powerful homage/reworking of the heist-gone-wrong thriller - stealing ideas from Kubrick's The Killing and Scorsese's Mean Streets, among others - is probably the final word (or frame) on the subject. A bunch of colour-coded crooks (Mr White, Mr Pink, etc), previously unknown to each other, chosen and named by ageing capo Joe Cabot (Tierney) and his son Nice Guy Eddie (Penn), execute a jewellery robbery. The job done, the getaway fucked up, they reassemble at a warehouse to get what's coming to them. Tarantino engineers their demise from the interaction of their character flaws - there is certainly no honour among these talkative thieves - with the inexorable logic of a chess grandmaster. Despite the clockwork theatrical dynamics - most of the action is restricted to the warehouse - the film packs a massive punch. It's violent, intelligent, well written (by Tarantino) and acted (Buscemi, Roth and Penn take the prizes). A tour de force.

By: WH


Release details

99 mins

Cast and crew

Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
Randy Brooks
Eddie Bunker
Quentin Tarantino
Michael Madsen
Chris Penn
Kirk Baltz
Tim Roth
Lawrence Tierney
Steve Buscemi
Harvey Keitel
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