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Reservoir Dogs is one of those movies that really defines “good” acting. The movie itself is a heist movie, but to the best of my knowledge, it’s basically the only heist movie ever that doesn’t actually show the heist itself.
The whole movie takes place in the bad guys’ hideout. They’ve narrowly escaped an ambush by police during the aforementioned heist, with those involved that survived seriously considering the notion that someone, anyone, could be a rat.
So the movie is very dialogue-driven, wherein the characters argue and fight over who could possibly be a rat among them. Though this sounds like a lot of talking and not a lot of action (which it is), it’s incredibly exemplary of what you don’t need to show in a movie to make it work, and to make it exciting.
This movie, for me, really shows how dramatic a scene can be (and really, a whole movie can be) simply by people being able to rise to the occasion and bring a whole level of intensity through nothing more than spoken word.
Oh, and if you didn’t know, this is a Quentin Tarantino film, so if you like him as a director, of course you’re going to like this. I guess I could have mentioned that a little sooner, as anyone who’s a Tarantino fan knows how he is able to easily work long (but fun) dialogue into any scene and just make it work.
Go add it to your Instant Netflix streaming queue to be witness to some great acting.