Reservoir Dogs is a gangster movie with a difference. Instead of the gangsters being portrayed as slick professionals who always stay calm and collected, they are portrayed realistically. Reservoir Dogs is about a group of 5 professional thieves who attempt to rob a jewellery store. However, one of the team, Mr Orange (played by Tim Roth) is an undercover police officer. After the group enter the jewellery store and employee turns on an alarm and one of the men, Mr Blonde starts shooting the staff and customers, before the police get there, and the team escapes by stealing cars and shooting police officers dead. When the surviving members of the team rendezvous at a warehouse, debate begins regarding who the ‘rat’ is.In the movie, the story as outlined above is not presented in such a linear way. The movie begins with the team members dining with the boss, Joe at a restaurant, a comical scene where they are light-heartedly discussing the meaning of the song “Like a Virgin” and why society demands that people tip waitresses. However, the mood of this film dramatically changes after the introductory credits when the scene is changed to a stolen car, where Mr Orange is in the back seat screaming “I’m gonna fucking die!”, clutching at his bloody wound is his belly. This sets the scene for the rest of the movie that occurs after the robbery, as most of what happens is arguments between various people as to who the ‘rat’ is, often leading to threats, and more than once, the ‘teammates’ draw their guns on each other, and in the end, Joe (the boss), Big Eddie (Joe’s son) are killed in a triangular shooting over whether or not Orange is the ‘rat’.The non-lineal sequence of events is not at all confusing, and adds to the interest and intrigue as the movie progresses. This movie would not have been so acclaimed, had it followed the traditional sequence, where we follow firs the preparation of the cop, the preparation of the robbery, the robbery and then the rendezvous. If Reservoir Dogs had been set out in such a manner, one could easily see what would happen well before it did.For the most part, this film is about ‘honour among thieves”, and the aspect of professionalism in crime. There is much discussion about Mr Blonde’s action when the alarm went off, and Mr White emphatically states that he is a “psycho”, and “unprofessional” and in the end Mr White ends up being shot because he is convinced that Mr Orange is not the rat. In the final moments of the film, Orange confesses to White and this shows that honour exists, even between ‘enemies’. White had told Orange his name and where he came from, two things they were forbidden from doing, and Mr Orange respected this loyalty.The violence in Reservoir Dogs is not as shocking as some claim it to be. For the most part, violence is played out, just off screen, although one often sees blood splattering in front of the camera. One of the most shocking scenes is when Mr Blonde is torturing a policeman and he cuts off the cop’s ear. However, before Blonde cuts his ear, the camera moves away, so that one is left looking at the wall of the warehouse, hearing the screams of the cop.Although this movie may at first seem brash, violent, quickly paced and out of sequence, when one sees the movie with in its entirety and concentrates on the movie, and thinks about what is happening, it is actually a superb picture. It is important that the viewer looks past the veneer of violence and swearing and looks deeper into the meaning of the film, it is a truly enjoyable and thought-provoking film. Some viewers will have to put aside their standards to tolerate some of the less desirable aspects of the movie, I am sure that any discerning viewer will gain from watching Reservoir Dogs.
Reservoir Dogs Gangsters, violence, murder and corruption !!!!! If these are some of the things that you’re into, then this is your kind of movie. Be ready to watch it more than once to be sure to get all the movie has to offer because it jumps from subject to subject and can be a little confusing. The movie on the whole was really great. It was filled with some pretty gory scenes and extreme violent content, Tarantinos’ trademark. The way he portrays the real life aspects of crime and violence are unbelievable. I wonder if he experienced some of these things himself and that’s why he has a realistic view of them.
Then again, I can’t really gauge how realistic any of these themes are because after watching this kind of movie it makes me feel like I lead a really sheltered lifestyle. Why does all the violence in Tarantinos’ movies become so attractive to us normal people? I think it’s because most of his material is underworld stuff. He deals with things we can barely relate to. Topics that are so far fetched to a “normal” person that they kind of hypnotize us into watching. Things happen in his movies that are so bizarre, we can’t begin to imagine them happening to us in real life. The weird part is, many of these things DO happen every day. We all know there really are gangsters, mobsters and really low-life people that involve themselves in what we think of as underworld crime.
Drug deals… on a level so great.. amounts we can’t begin to comprehend. Murders, for whatever reason. Even the thought of hiring someone to kill someone else gives us a goose bump or three.
In his movies it’s almost like borrowing a cup of sugar from your next door neighbor. Chopping off someone’s ear would repulse me and probably make me want to spew my lunch. Tarantinos’ characters chop off ears then talk into them as if they were using ma bell. His characters attitudes are totally ruthless. They could give a shit if you were the cousin of the president or a nanny. They have a job to do and they do it. No holes barred, no questions asked, no thought given to actions or consequences.
They are almost like robots, zombies of the underworld that have no emotions or respect for the value of life. You would think these characters are drugged or brainwashed, but they’re not. It amazes me that people do this kind of shit as if it were just another day. It’s as second nature to them as brushing our teeth every morning is to us. Belonging.
Everyone likes to feel like they fit in. There is a certain comfort level in belonging to something, anything. Even if it is to a gang of criminal types. I think that’s another reason we all relate or get captured by viewing these kinds of movies. I can only compare it to a fraternity; fraternity brothers all belong to an organized group.
They have similar interests, goals and acquaintances. All Tarantinos’ characters have these things in common. Although they aren’t exactly what we would consider acceptable, they all still feel this common bond. It’s a sick kind of thing though. When you think of all the things life has to offer, why would you want to involve yourself in all this complicated criminal shit? They jeopardize their own existence because even though they are considered members of the organization, they would snuff each other out in the blink of an eye if the right person told them to do it !!!! I have to admit I was totally awed by his movie. I couldn’t wait for the next scene to start.
As a movie maker, his ideas and the way he presents them are phenomenal. He definitely captures his viewers. You don’t even want to blink for fear of missing something. I would like to see him do a movie about topics that aren’t so bizarre just to see if the movies would be as good.