Sunday, 24 February 2013

Storytelling: Reservoir Dogs - Review

Quentin Tarantino’s crime movie Reservoir Dogs was made in 1992 and it incorporates many features that later became this director’s trademarks.

The movie tells a story of a group of men who are planning a robbery. The viewer watches the events from before and after, but not the event itself. The characters are introduced to the audience by fake names; their true personalities are not known, which helps with creating the distance and respect between the viewers and the men.

Reservoir Dogs was Tarantino’s first movie which introduced and presented his original and personal style of movie making to the audiences of the world. Strong language, bold cuts and long scenes with live-time pacing are the most known features of Tarantino’s productions. His approach to the topic of strong man is forthright and resolved. Reservoir Dogs though, shows the truth and as Ebert states: "The idea is that the tough guys, except for Tierney and the deranged Maden, are mostly bluffers. they are not good at handling themselves in desperate situations' (Ebert, 1992).

The movie shows how strong and easily stereotypes work, and how uncomplicated it is to make people believe someone is a bad character. Althought under the strong and unbreakable rim of bravery and ruthlessness, men from Reservoir... hide their true personalities which seem different from what the audience is expecting. Features like kindness and compassion can be found, mixed with chaotic and indecisive hearts of human beings. The movie reveals the power of trust and unawareness, showing how one can trust another without hesitation. This part of Reservoir Dog's plot is a very strong aspect as the viewer knows the truth from the begining of the movie, which makes the emotions and receipt even stronger. The urge of telling the movie characters the truth is really strong and that's probably one of many strong reasons, which make this production memorable and timeless.

Moreover, what Tarantino does can be understood as mocking the audience; he's leading the viewers, showing and uncovering the environments and characters from the story, making the audience wait for more. Even when the story is being introduced in first minutes of the screening, the kind of tension and anticipation is created and the movie catches the eye with its pace. In his review, Burr says: ‘You may not like the terms Tarantino sets, but you have to admit he succeeds on them.’ (Burr, 2007). This only underlines how specific and different Tarantino's style is. There are always people who love his works and people who hate them, but it cannot be denied that Tarantino gave life to uniques and new values of cinematography. He managed to enter the world of cinema and remained the same, with his flamboyant style and extravagant approach to movie making.

The use of music and scene cuts for some might be too literal. Loud and cheering tracks during scenes of masacre and blood spill. Fluent transitions between locations together with life-time pacing of the movie, are strong and clear enough to convince the viewer that all the events might happen during everyday's life.

Following Carty in his review: ‘Despite being Quentin’s first directorial piece though, Reservoir Dogs is littered with all his usual trademarks.’ (Carty, N/A), which is only an evidence for Tarantino to be an uprising star with original and unigue style, who is successfuly setting new trends and ways of making movies. His influence and input into cinematography is already really volumionous and it expands with every year.

* Ebert, Roger (1992) online source:
*Burr, Ty (2007) online source:,,312190,00.html
*Carty, Stephen (N/A) online source:
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