Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Reservoir Dogs centers around six men that have been hired by a crime boss named Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney). The men have been hired by Cabot to carry out a diamond heist and the plot focuses on what happens before and after the robbery but not during. All six men are strangers to one another and only use aliases when they communicate. This includes Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi), Mr. Blue (Edward Bunker), and Mr. Brown (Quentin Tarantino).

The cast is filled with complex characters that all relate to and play off one another. As stated before, the film jumps around to the events that happen both pre and post heist. It starts out with all six men plus Cabot and his son Nice Guy Eddie (Chris Penn) eating breakfast at a Los Angeles diner before the robbery is to take place. Everyone seems to be sure that the heist will be a success but when they show up at the place to carry it out, the police end up arriving at the same time.

Two of the six criminals are killed immediately in the shootout with police as well as some civilians and policemen. The remaining members meet a predetermined location, one of Cabot’s warehouses, where they discuss the possibility of the whole heist being a setup. During this time Mr. Blonde, who just got out of jail after serving time for a previous crime he did for Cabot, starts to mentally shut down and go crazy. While Mr. Orange has been gravely injured and is in need of medical attention. Mr. Pink is convinced the whole thing was a setup but the discussion has to be put on hold when Mr. Blonde suddenly appears with a kidnapped cop named Marvin Nash (Kirk Baltz). 

What can the remaining criminals do about Mr. Blonde losing his mind? What about the officer he’s kidnapped? How will the group deal with Mr. Orange slowly bleeding to death? Was the whole diamond heist a setup? If so, who is the rat? All of these questions and more will be answered in the wild ride that is Reservoir Dogs. This film was rated the “Greatest Independent Film of all Time” by Empire Magazine for good reason. While not for the faint of heart, as it depicts very gory scenes of gratuitous violence, it is definitely a must-watch for everyone else.