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Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs

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 The Cutting Edge Film Programme
Reservoir Dogs is an American crime film made in 1992 which was directed and writtenby Quentin Tarintino. The film portrays a mob of men who rob diamonds and it depictsthe events which happen before after it had occurred. However part of the group of criminals were caught, which only left the survivors Mr Orange, Mr Blonde Mr White,and Mr Pink. The
group’s
suspicions rise when Mr Pink realises that there is apossibility that they have been set up.Figure 1The story involves a nonlinear narrative structure which makes the overall filmcompelling and exciting.
This movie shifts back and forth through time, introducing thecharacters and moving the story along in fits and starts -- a technique that cansometimes feel gimmicky, but, in this instance at least , is well done and very effective.
(Barkacs, M 2005) This structure can reflect upon the suspicions and awareness that the characters experience as they each suspect a person to have been involved with thepolice. It reflects upon their confusion of the situation which causes the narrative to bein a non-chronological order, explaining certain situations which are relevant to specifictopics in conversation which occur in the warehouse.
Reservoir Dogs
 
 The Cutting Edge Film Programme
Figure 2The camera angles had an interesting mark upon the film, as it allows the audience tofeel the tension that the camera movements create as it shows the conflict betweencharacters occur.
Tarantino has but strong visual on the screen, alternating fromominously moving cameras to recessive long shots to put the action in relief. SallyMenke's extremely impressive cutting keeps scenes tight and the time-jumping plot comprehensive.
(McCarthy, T 2007) The style of the narrative and the way the camerais positioned allows the viewer to peer into the lives of the characters and gives theimpression that we are prying. The story ultimately reveals that the group of men donot know each other as well as the audience thought, so we learn information fromcertain characters that is completely new information to others as the characters start to unravel their personal lives.
Figure 3
 
 The Cutting Edge Film Programme
One of the most interesting aspects within the film is when the audience begins to learnabout the undercover cop Mr Orange. It reveals his act that he had performed in orderfor the group to be convinced that he is worthy to join them. This act was performedwhen he first had a conversation with the rest of the group; it was filmed in a veryvisually compelling way to which made the audience visualise the scenario he hadexplained. The idea was to make what he was saying believable, so within this sequencehe was the narrator of his own imagination of his made up story allowing the viewer tounderstand his need to fit in. The camera cut between where Mr Orange was presentlyat the club talking, to him in his own visualisation of the situation he is explaining in thebathroom. The camera revolves around him while in his imagination as he talks to thegroup allowing the audience to peep into his mind.
The main stage of a warehouse andthe Clue-game names only strip the story down to a more elemental, intriguing mystery.In flashback, the theatrical quality's heightened by the undercover cop's rehearsal forhis character
he has to tell a backstory just right to seem legit.
(Gibson, B. 2012)

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