Cutting Edge Film ReviewReservoir Dogs
Reservoir Dogs was released in 1992 and was writer/director Quent
in Tarantino’s first film,
displaying his very individual style of directing and his unusual storytelling methods. Thiscrime thriller showcases his now well-known use of soundtrack and violently visual cinematictechniques, along with hand-held camera work. It uses the distinct Tarantino method of whizzing backwards and forwards in time with the plotline of the film, so making theaudience think about what is going on, who the characters are and what part they play in thestory.
A gang of robbers take part in a bungled robbery, where one of them ends up gettingshot and is badly wounded. After the disastrous heist, they all meet up in a warehousewhich is a storage place for coffins. The gang was put together to do this job and do notknow each oth
er’s real names and are instead identified by colours e.g. Mr. Orange, Mr.
Pink, Mr. White and Mr. Blonde. The robbery itself is never actually seen by the audience butit soon becomes clear that there is a traitor within the gang who has grassed on them to thepolice, so they need to find out who it is.The story is told in chapter-style flashbacks, which answer some questions while raisingothers, there is no particular time sequence, and it is up to the audience, who are at firstlikely to be confused by the storyline, which starts in the aftermath of the robbery, to work outwhat is going on.