Pulp Fiction is a 1994 dark crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is considered to be one of the best independent films of all time. The film starts off with the definition of “pulp” from the American Heritage Dictionary: 1. A soft, moist, shapeless mass of matter, 2. A magazine or book containing lurid subject matter and being characteristically printed on rough, unfinished paper. I think the quote shown at the beginning of the movie is extremely important to the movie’s theme, because both definitions tell the viewer that what they are about to see is a dark and uneasily comprehensible depiction of crime in modern times. The movie is exactly that. The movie takes place out of chronological order, scrambling the events that would normally be chronological into a time frame that is based on crime themes instead of the order in which the events took place. The movie’s opening scene, a diner robbery, stops abruptly and switches to a different scene that takes place long after the event, and the opening scene continues at the very end of the movie. One aspect of a character, Jules Winnfield, that is interesting is that he holds a quote from the bible very preciously, and at one point says it before killing a man. At the end of the movie, he says the same quote before sparing a man’s life. The movie’s storyline and theme is very similar to Reservoir Dogs, yet the movie contains a large variety of criminal activity, from drugs to murder to bribery and corrupt police. Tense scenes in the movie are focused onto one aspect of the environment of the scene. Shots sometimes occur from behind the main characters facing their encountered people during interrogations and other dialogue, and often focus into a point of interest. The violent couple who attempted to rob the diner in the movie seemed to be a clever reference to the two main characters of Natural Born Killers, a movie which was written by Quentin Tarantino.
In a basic sense of the plot, two men, Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega (reference to Vic Vega from Resevoir Dogs), are hired by a man by the name of Marsellus Wallace to do jobs that aren’t explained, and the objective is left a mystery, only that they must retrieve a briefcase. The contents of the briefcase are never revealed throughout the movie. These two men are unique in their lifestyles and personality. Somewhere in between the events of the retrieval of the briefcase, a fighter named Butch Coolidge is payed by Marsellus to lose his next match. He takes the money, and wins, doublecrossing Marsellus. The movie shows the complications of the job that Vincent and Jules were hired to do, and the encounters of Marsellus and Butch.