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"Reservoir Dogs" by Quentin Tarantino
An examination of the themes, style, violence, symbolism and characters in the 1991 film.
# 21438 | 2,025 words | 1 source | 1994 | US
Published on Feb 27, 2003 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)


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"Reservoir Dogs is a film that takes a satiric look at itself, at the genre of the caper film and the dynamics of betrayal and the criminal code seen in such films. The film is extremely violent, which for many viewers may mask the satiric thrust of the story and the way the interplay of characters involves a twisted sense of morality, the so-called "honor among thieves" that here is a palpable presence holding together a group of professional criminals who have nothing else to believe in except that they will be able to rely on each other. As the film unfolds, though, they can rely on nothing in a universe of random events over which they have no control.


The story is simple enough: A group of small-time criminals band together under the leadership of a man who has decided how a robbery is to be staged. The robbery itself is never seen in the..."

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