Reservoir Dogs (1992)

4 stars

Cast: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, and Lawrence Tierne

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Synopsis: After a jewellery heist goes wrong, the criminals begin to suspect one of them is an undercover police officer


This was Tarantino’s first film, and tied with Pulp Fiction, is my favourite of his works. A group of criminals attempt a heist but when it goes wrong, the remaining thieves are convinced there is an undercover police officer working for them. In 1992, nobody thought a heist film done by a first-time director would’ve been a hit, but they were soon proven wrong after it became one of the greatest indie films of all time.

Tarantino’s direction is superb, like many of his other works, the story is told in non-chronological order, with flashbacks inserted in random places to explain what happened during and after the heist. This method of storytelling is effective, as it keeps the audience on the edge of their seat, through the use of tension, that is used expertly.

The soundtrack is the highlight, with excellent tracks that make Reservoir Dogs a ‘cool’ film, that will make you want to walk down a street in a suit and sunglasses, listening to Little Green Bag by George Baker!

The extreme use of violence is entertaining but disturbing, and also quite hard to watch in parts, in particular when Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) is in the back of a car, screaming and kicking from a gunshot wound, with blood everywhere.

Tarantino is known for his incredible opening scenes, and this one is no exception! with fluent dialogue that makes it seem as if it’s just a group of guys just talking in a café, with casual subject matter, like tipping, and the subtle but distinctive introduction to the characters. From the first 5 minutes we learn about each character from their actions, dialogue and sense of humour.

Harvey Keitel as Mr. White is exceptional, as always, with great dialogue, that just shows how badass his character is!

In the end, Reservoir Dogs is one of my favourite films, and one of the best heist films ever made!