The Tarantino Crime Heist Film
"You really think we were set up?"
At the Sundance Film Festival in January 1992, the feature-length debut of a little known film director by the name of Quentin Tarantino was first screened to audiences and became an immediate hit. The neo-noir crime thriller Reservoir Dogs, which Tarantino wrote, directed and starred, would go on to become the festival’s most talked-about film, receiving much positive praise from critics. The dialogue driven movie is set against the backdrop of a planned diamond heist, that goes horribly wrong ending with the suriving gang members taking refuge inside a disused warehouse. The story is presented in a non-linear format, and depicts the events before and after, but not during, the heist. The criminals soon begin to suspect that one of their own is an informant or undercover cop and the film culminates in heightened paranoia, torture, murder and treachery.
Although not based on an actual real-life heist, the film was heavily influenced by other crime movies and novels, and with a rogues gallery of interesting and violent characters, one minor cast member stood out as having undertaken a criminal career from a young age, becoming involved in orchestrating robberies and other nefarious activities. The actor who played Mr. Blue would even spend time on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List during the 1970’s, before going straight and becoming a writer and actor. Notwithstanding the controversy it would court for its garish depictions of violence and excessive use of profanity, Reservoir Dogs is regarded as a cult classic, and would go on to become an important and influential milestone of independent filmmaking.