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Next on Netflix: Not your average mystery story

1 December 2013 By Eva Niessner, Staff Writer No Comments
Tarantino’s first film full of grit, guns, abuse

There are a few Tarantino movies available instantly on Netflix, like “Pulp Fiction” and “Jackie Brown,” but for entertainment value (and for time), you can’t beat “Reservoir Dogs.”

Though it’s less than two hours, it packs in a lot of story, and to say it’s not bad for a first try is an understatement.

Six men who have never met before are hired to help pull off a diamond heist.

For the protection of the group, each of them goes by color aliases assigned to them by their boss, Joe.

Though the thieves follow the plan, the police show up and ruin their attempt at taking the jewels. As the survivors and the wounded regroup in a warehouse, they begin to think one in the group has betrayed them. But which one of the thieves is the rat?

Slowly but surely, the men begin to turn on one another, and their suspicions build up throughout the course of the movie, leading to a violent showdown. The non-linear storytelling gives you the full effect of how everyone’s trust in everyone else begins to crumble.

Quentin Tarantino’s debut might just be one of his most intricate and gritty movies, and unlike most of his others, it’s fairly understated.

There are no explosions, no massive fires, no major alterations of history and no kung-fu moves. Instead, Tarantino sticks to the basics–guns and verbal abuse.

It’s almost like an Agatha Christie mystery, if Agatha Christie had written scenes where psychotic thieves sliced ears off of policemen.

Though it’s not as grandly violent as, say, “Django Unchained,” it can still be brutal. And fear not, Quentin Tarantino has made sure to give himself a small but important role, as he always does.

The soundtrack is one of the most notable things about the film, and it deserves its reputation. The opening credits, with the thieves walking outside to the tune of “Little Green Bag” is iconic, as is the previously mentioned ear mutilation set to “Stuck In The Middle With You.”

By the way, there aren’t any reservoirs or dogs in the movie. The closest reference to the title is Mr. Blonde’s line “Are you gonna bark all day, little doggie? Or are you gonna bite?”

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