Friday, July 8, 2011

Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs Movie

Just finished watching Reservoir Dogs last night, 19 years after it first came out, and I have to say that I was pretty impressed. This film was Quentin Tarantino's directing debut. Reservoir Dogs tells the story of a botched robbery where the remaining survivors of the crew of robbers try to get to the bottom of the mystery of the identity of the gang member who betrayed them.

Back in the day I didn't know much about Quentin Tarantino but became a fan the moment Pulp Fiction came out because of the mileage it was getting in the Oscars. And of course the movie really deserved it. It was also the comeback movie vehicle for John Travolta that once again placed him at the A-list of actors in Hollywood.

As with Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs helped to establish further the careers of actors Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen. How do they become successful? well sometimes I think its because of the quality of the character that they play that was created by Tarantino that are given great lines in the movie that make them legendary. In this day and age, whenever you say "Bad Ass Motherfucker" or "Royale with Cheese", everybody and his brother will most often than not know that you are alluding to Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolt's characters in Pulp Fiction.

What makes a Tarantino movie great for me is the quality of the script and the dialogue that is written by Tarantino himself (refer to video above). Of course in the succeeding movies of Tarantino, its not only the script that was great but also the action scenes, no doubt due to the big budget that he can now command from a movie studio (Kill Bill 1 & 2 comes to mind).

Reservoir Dogs is Tarantino at his rawest and best. With only a measly $1.2 Million put up to produce the film the success of the film relied heavily on the excellent script, superb acting and insightful dialogue to impress the movie fans out there.