This is the first Tarantino film. It is a highly engrossing non linear crime thriller with plenty of lively conversation for conversation's sake. In movies, as in life, talking is an end as well as a means.With no female character the movie is an interesting picture of male camaraderie and bonding, liberally sprinkled with four letter words. A diamond robbery turns into a fiasco and the plot skids wildly in a mixture of the tragi-comic and the violent. Each of the crooks is an interesting character and one can relate to each one of them, including the prisoner on parole turned torturer. The movie zooms to an abrupt entirely satisfying pathetically tragic Bonnie and Clyde type resolution with a Shakespearean heap of corpses. Tarantino's plumage as a film-maker is yet to emerge in it's full glory but he has already hit the mark in his first assay.