In the first scene, Tarantino makes sure to get the viewer's attention. No, there aren't any explosions or hardcore violence. The film starts off with Joe and the gang eating breakfast at a coffee shop.

Now, there is nothing special going on at breakfast--except for the conversation the criminals are having. The conversation does not involve the heist: the conversation is about random, insignificant things that any group of normal people could have (After watching this scene, I may never tip a waitress again).

The dialogue is what makes this film intriguing; everything is realistic. For instance, in many films after a someone gets shot, the person seems to suck it up and somehow go throughout the whole film injured without much fuss. In real life though, people are most likely to scream out their lungs and panic (that is, if the person has a pair made of steel, which most, do not). Tarantino makes sure that panicked cops and criminals drop "f-bombs" when necessary.

But even when people aren't being shot, they tend to add a four-letter word to spice up a sentence. Many people consider this too profane, but because it flows nicely and realistically, one can only laud Tarantino's work.

On top of the great dialogue, Tarantino orders the film out of chronological order. For example, the beginning of the film starts out at the warehouse, leaving the viewer searching for some missing information. From the characters' interactions, the viewer can piece together what happened. Later, the film shows the different events.

This keeps the viewer interested.


"Reservoir Dogs" had a great story but it lacked a bit more action. There was no robbery scene whatsoever and the little action there was was unsatisfactory.

Of course, if people do not want to watch a quality film and would rather watch a bunch of explosions, a Michael Bay movie should do well.

Full Review

When it comes to making plot-twisting and entertaining films, very few people can make them like Quentin Tarantino can. But most people are familiar with his work after "Pulp Fiction" and haven't seen his first film: "Reservoir Dogs."

"Reservoir Dogs" is about crime boss Joe Cabot organizing a group of strangers together to pull off a diamond robbery. Joe gives each criminal a nickname and instructs each member not to reveal his information to the others--that way, no one will get attached to each other and can focus on the heist.

Unfortunately, not all goes as planned. The police arrive at the scene before the group can make a clean getaway. The criminals manage to escape with the prize, but not after one is killed by the police and another is badly wounded.

The scattered group meets at a warehouse where they agree that the police showed up unusually fast. They conclude that at least one member tipped off the police and proceed to figure out who it is.

The plot sounds simple enough, but that's where Tarantino's genius comes into play...

In Closing

In his first film, Tarantino establishes himself as an up-and-coming director. "Reservoir Dogs" has great character interactions, as well as a great storyline and presentation. Sure, there could have been more action like in his later films, but it was his first (and I'm guessing, a lower budget than other films).

Anyone who watches this film will be more than satisfied--especially with all the terrible films that have come out recently.