The Usual Suspects (1995)


These five criminals, are the shadiest bunch of guys I have ever seen.

When five unacquainted scalawags (Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Stephen Baldwin and Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey) are hauled into a police station to appear in a criminal lineup, they decide to pull off a heist together. The plan gets complicated, however, when they intermix with an underworld kingpin named Keyser Söze.

A few years ago I was recommended to watch this (somehow it hadn’t happened yet) and it kick started the higher level expectations from movies that have led some to call me jaded. This is as good as they come and the fact that others cannot keep up is just a shame for them.

This film can be classified as a mystery/thriller, and when I’m talking about mystery it really is. the story told through flashbacks and narration, is really great to follow. You understand the whole story, and the actions these people use, which have a serious effect.

And must I forget to mention the best thing of this film, and it’s the ending. See I don’t want to give too much away, but it really is magnificent. The whole story that you watched and listened to, would be nothing without this total mind-fuck twist ending. Trust me it’s that good.

The problem I had with this film and it’s ending is that i felt like although things were basically all explained, I still didn’t feel like the whole story was fully answered. Many elements of the story that I paid close attention to, I didn’t feel like were fulfilled at the end of the story, which could have been.

The cast is simply phenomenal, mostly Spacey. This is the role that catapulted Spacey to stardom, as he plays the bad-guy Verbal kint with such sincerity and complexity, that it’s hard to hate him cause he is so likable. The rest of the cast do a great job too, and many of them actually do seem like bad people other than just playing bad guys.

Consensus: Though all the questions aren’t answered at the end, The Usual Suspects delivers from a great story, phenomenal ensemble-cast acting, and an ending that will blow your mind.

9/10=Full Price!!

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3 comments

  1. This is hands down the best surprise ending I’ve ever experienced. It doesn’t really matter to me whether the questions were answered or not because my extremely powerful reaction to the twist was reward enough. I get goosebumps every time I rewatch it.

  2. Definitely one of the finest films of the 1990s and has probably the best twist ending ever. For me, Bryan Singer has never matched the quality of this film. He should have been another Christopher Nolan but has made predictable stuff ever since Usual Suspects and his earlier film Public Access. The X-Men films had some qualities but Superman and Valkyrie were just by-the-numbers Hollywood entertainment. Meanwhile, Nolan was mixing his brilliant superhero movies with the likes of The Prestige.

  3. One of my favourites! I bought the DVD and have seen it so many times I luv it so much. Perhaps being so good a story and the twist end left you wanting more of the con we all fell for.

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