Quentin Tarantino’s first movie, reservoir dogs, introduced a group of thieves with different personalities that led them to many conflicts, and one theory suggests a new perspective on them and their actions by comparing them to the seven deadly sins – but does it work? Tarantino’s career as a filmmaker began in 1992 with the detective film reservoir dogswhich became a classic of independent cinema and opened many doors for Tarantino in the film industry.
reservoir dogs introduces the audience to a group of thieves whose planned heist of a jewelry store goes horribly wrong, and to make matters worse and complicate them, there’s an undercover cop among them. The team is led by crime boss Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney) and his son Eddie “Nice Guy” Cabot (Chris Penn), and is formed by Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi), Mr. Blue (Edward Bunker) and Mr. Brown (Tarantino). reservoir dogs was a critical success and gave audiences a taste of Tarantino’s narrative style while establishing some of his frequent collaborators.
Although reservoir dogs left few details (such as the fates of Mr. Pink and Mr. Blue), it has been the subject of countless analyzes and interpretations that have given way to a variety of theories, among those that compare the characters to the seven deadly sins , giving a whole new meaning to reservoir dogs and his team of thieves.
Mr. White – Lust
The theory, published on Reddit, begins by comparing Mr. White to “lust,” but certainly not in the conventional way that sin is interpreted. Lust is defined as an intense desire, usually thought of as unbridled sexual desire, but it can also be an intense desire for money or power. The author of the theory explains that White “covets” Mr. Orange not in a sexual way but in the sense of seeking a friend or a father-son relationship with him. Mr. White became very close to Orange when the latter was shot in the heist, to the point that he let his feelings and need for a deep connection during those chaotic and cold times override his best judgment, the causing them to act in an unprofessional manner by giving personal information to Orange. White’s “lust” grew so much throughout reservoir dogs that he caused the clash with the Cabots while defending Orange and was willing to kill them just to protect his friend/son. Unfortunately for him, his “lust” only added to the chaos, as Orange was the rat and he ultimately killed his supposed friend.
Mr. Orange – Envy
Next is Mr. Orange, the undercover cop who was shot during the heist and spent the entire movie slowly bleeding out in the warehouse. The theory’s author attributed the sin of “envy” to Mr. Orange, although that might be a bit of a stretch. Envy is defined as a sad or resentful lust for someone else’s traits or possessions, but when applied to Mr. Orange it takes on a more superficial meaning. Orange made it his mission to infiltrate the team’s heist and was given a list of stories to tell so he wouldn’t blow his cover, becoming one of them. The author adds that Orange was not only doing this for the police but to prove to himself that he can also be a criminal. Orange, then, was not exactly driven by envy but would rather have represented sin in a more superficial way, which is why this part of the theory may seem overstated.
Mr. Blonde – Anger
Of all the members of Cabot’s team, by far the most violent was Mr. Blonde. All the chaos of the heist was mainly caused by Blonde, who ordered the civilians not to raise the alarm, and when one of them did, he started shooting at the hostages. Blonde then took a cop hostage and tortured him in the warehouse, and just before he could burn him alive he was shot by Orange. The blonde represented anger, an uncontrolled feeling of anger, rage and even hatred, which often reveals itself in the desire for revenge. Wrath features injury and violence, which roughly matches Blonde’s actions in reservoir dogs.
Mr. Pink – Greed
Next up is Mr. Pink, who only cared about himself and getting his share of the money. Greed is defined as a desire and pursuit of material possessions, and among the actions inspired by this sin are the hoarding of objects, theft and robbery. While most of the characters in reservoir dogs never showed compassion or an ounce of care for his fellow thieves, Pink was particularly focused on diamonds and getting his share of them no matter what, while putting himself first and literally hiding from the rest of the world. conflict. Pink’s greed paid off to some extent as he was the only one to make it out of the warehouse alive, although his fate is still debated as it is believed he was shot as soon as he left, but he would have also able to escape.
Mr. Brown – Sloth
There are two characters who didn’t get a lot of screen time and so audiences didn’t really get to know them: Mr. Brown and Mr. Blue, but Brown got more screen time. screen and much to say in reservoir dogs‘ famous opening scene. Laziness can be defined as a lack of interest or a habitual reluctance to exert effort, but it can cover different aspects and have different distinctive components, such as lack of affect, boredom, apathy, laziness and mental slowness. The theory writer attributed laziness to Brown because he got shot by a cop while escaping and how he easily loses his train of thought in the opening scene, but just like Orange , this may be exaggerated.
Joe Cabot – Gourmet
Joe Cabot was the leader of the team, the one who brought them all together and the one who planned the heist, so he was given the Sin of Gluttony. This is defined as the overindulgence and overconsumption of anything to the point of wasting it. Joe’s “gluttony” is all about the money, and just like Pink, he’s so focused on it that he doesn’t even bother to check Orange. With that in mind, Joe Cabot could also fit “greed,” though he’s more the mastermind behind the heist than the one who got his hands dirty to get the money.
Eddie Cabot – Pride
Last but not least is Eddie “Nice Guy” Cabot, Joe’s son. The author of the theory attributed “pride” to Nice Guy Eddie, and this sin is considered the original and most serious of the Seven Deadly Sins. Pride is defined as dangerously corrupt selfishness and putting one’s own desires, urges, and desires ahead of the well-being of others. In more destructive cases, pride can also be an irrational belief that one is essentially and necessarily better, superior, or more important than others. Eddie is the most arrogant of the whole group as well as the one who stands out the most visually thanks to his colorful tracksuits and large gold jewelry, thus giving him an image of superiority. Eddie takes great pride in his and his father’s work and didn’t much care that he had to kill White to save Joe, himself, and the money. Although some of the seven deadly sins definitely apply to some of the main characters in reservoir dogsthere are some that feel like a stretch or a superficial take on the sins, but ultimately the theory offers an interesting take on the characters.
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