Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs: (Blu Ray) Follows a bunch of – not so – professional criminals after a botched heist – Tarrantino’s debut. Like his later movies this one is stuffed with obscure music, bloody violence, fragmented storytelling, and dangerously high levels of pop-culture. Harvey Keitel and Steve Buscemi lead the cast for me, but you can’t really fault anyone’s performance. It’s stylish, some of the longer shots are frighteningly smooth & effective and there’s cool ideas peppered throughout; standout being the anecdote about the drug deal being told in various situations. The realistic and brutal violence will shock some, and even for the start of his career the homage isn’t subtle. Like his other early works it’s also questionably racist – strange gamble for an up-and-coming director.  The picture’s alright in parts but the sound’s quite rubbish, not worth the BD upgrade. Although the story and characters aren’t groundbreaking, you can’t deny how original the delivery and presentation are. Cult classic, and rightly so.

Score: 7/10

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4 comments
  1. Castor said:

    7/10 for a cult classic? Ah come on Paragraph Review is such a strict grader! ;)

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  2. Paragraph Film Reviews said:

    Got to be a hard marker sir. Can’t be dishing out 9s and 10s like they’re going out of fashion!! :p

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  3. Yeah, I was surprised by the 7 too. At least you didn’t give it a 7 and then give Ninja Assasin an 8. :)

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  4. Castor said:

    I understand :)

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