Quentin Tarantino is an establishment figure nowadays, albeit still capable of delivering the odd shock and certainly no sell-out. It’s hard to convey the earth-trembling impact of his 1991 calling-card debut, so ingrained is it in the annals of modern cinema. But there really had been nothing like it: the graphic simplicity of the seven thieves in black suits, ties and shades; the appropriated soundtrack; the shifting timeframes used to tell the tale of a bungled diamond heist. It may still be too bloody for some (although the famous torture scene is implied) and too verbose for others, but for me, it never loses its toe-tapping cool.
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