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The colour-coded movie that launched a filmmaking legend,
This review is from: Reservoir Dogs (2 Disc Special Edition)  [DVD] (DVD)
Back in 1991, a 28-year-old movie store clerk by the name of Quentin Tarantino entered LA with $30,000, an encyclopedic knowledge of cinema and a film script entitled
' RESERVOIR DOGS '. Tarantino got the script to a friend, who got it to another friend, who knew someone who knew well-known actor Harvey Keitel, who loved the script so much when he read it that he immediately signed on to star in Tarantino's movie, as did a few other up-and-coming stars, such as Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen and Tim Roth. Hence, a filmmaking legend was born in 1992.
The movie opens on eight men sitting at a restaurant table, eating breakfast. Six of these men are wearing black suits, the other two dressed casually. These men are going over last plans for a daring jewellrey store robbery that they're going to carry out a few hours from now. It is learnt that the six black-suited men have been given colour-coded names to protect their identities, they're names are Mr White (Keitel), Mr Orange (Roth), Mr Blonde (Madsen), Mr Pink (Buscemi), Mr Blue (Bunker) and Mr Brown (Tarantino himself). The other two men are ageing criminal Joe Cabot (Tierney) and his son " Nice Guy Eddie " Cabot (Penn), who are the masterminds of the crime that is about to occur. But everything goes horribly wrong, and the robbery is turned into a bloodbath, resulting in the death of one of the six criminals and the others being forced to scatter. It then becomes clear to the criminals that one of them is a police officer, but which one?
Tarantino's homage to old crime movies works perfectly with the " one last job before retiring " genre that is evident in the movie. The gritty locations of the rendevouz point, which is really a mortuary, the back alleys that the criminals escape down, the LA streets help to bring the film to life as the survivors shoot, fight and mutilate their way through the film's running time of 94 minutes in order to find out who betrayed them and caused the death of one of their own.