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Reservoir Dogs

Title: Reservoir Dogs
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Written by: Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary
Year: 1992

Five men are handpicked by gangster boss Joe Calbot to steal a large number of diamonds, but something goes terribly wrong and the police arrive on the scene too fast. It is apparent that someone is a mole, but who? The story pivots on this crucial question and using the same technique of non-chronological narration which adds depth and excitement to a story that is not very interesting in itself. This film is worthwhile watching because of the good directing and at times brilliant acting, but apart from that, it has little that appeals to me.

Since I like the style, I will expound on it somewhat. I enjoy the in medias res that plunges the watcher straight into the heart of the story. Only gradually are things made clear, and it is not until the very end that all knots are untangled. Combined with an intricate switching between scenes taking place at various times and locations, this keep my interest up for almost the entirety of the film. This is perchance not a unique skill of Tarantino’s, but it is still rare enough to make it the quintessential quality of this film.

As for recommendations, I assume that Tarantino fans have already seen Reservoir Dogs, so I will not bother to recommend it. Instead, I will point to Pulp Fiction as a film which manages to do everything I have mentioned above, but much better and also more entertaining.

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