Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen
What’s the score? A valuable set of diamonds.
Who’s calling the shots? Joe, a mob boss with a careful and successful history. But everybody starts looking out for themselves once the job goes wrong.
Would I rob a bank with them? Honestly, I feel like this movie gives a bad first impression. They’re professionals in matching suits. If I’m going to rob a bank, that’s who I want to rob a bank with.
What happens? In the film that made Tarantino’s stardom inevitable, he hops around chronologically while documenting the stressful before-and-after of a bank robbery gone wrong. Outfitting a crew of his regulars in black-and-white suits, the majority of the flick takes place in the warehouse where the criminals rendezvous after a stick-up turns into a shootout that leaves one (Tarantino) dead and another painfully wounded in the gut (Roth). The pot starts to bubble as the police’s suspiciously quick response time raises the possibility that there’s a rat among the colorfully christened cons, especially when Mr. Orange shoots Mr. Blonde before he can ignite a kidnapped, gasoline-soaked police officer with an ear missing. When Joe, the boss who assembled the crew, arrives, they start pointing fingers, then guns as old allegiances fracture. Complete with the director’s signature crackling dialogue, exceptional soundtrack and sopping red violence, Reservoir Dogs showcases how, with his words, Tarantino only needs good actors and a barebones set to make a classic.