The Usual Suspects (1995)

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  • Dec 12, 2010 05:04 am

    Jeff said: B

    The movie The Usual Suspects was released in 1995, written by Christopher McQuarrie, directed by Bryan Singer, and edited by John Ottman. Five suspicious guys are brought together for a police lineup on accusations none of them know anything about. The only reason they come up with as to why they were chosen is because they are the popular criminals in the area. Armed with those feelings, they group together and scheme up a plan to get back at that police department. Roger “Verbal” Kint (Kevin Spacey) is a cripple who serves as ‘the man with the plan’. Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne) is a former cop and the most wanted of the group by the police. McManus (Stephen Baldwin) is a cheerful sociopath, and Tod Hockney (Kevin Pollack) is exaggeratedly cynical. Finally, Fenster (Benicio Del Toro) has severe speech impediment and a flamboyant suit. Not everyone is what they seem to be. The group was only supposed to do one job together, and that was the one to get back at the police. However, more jobs were schemed with financial gain as an incentive to the group. Ultimately, they find out they have been working for a person called Keyser Soze whom is unknown by the law enforcement but is notoriously known on the criminal side. Keaton is unsettled with working for someone he has never met, but agrees to finish the last job. This film incorporates a lot of flashbacks to portray the events of these jobs. The editorial cutting in these scenes is superb. The story transitions smoothly despite the abrupt change in scenes. Still, the audience needs to pay full attention constantly to maintain coherence of this story. The film’s present tense scenes have “Verbal” Kint talking to the detective about the events. When he goes into details, the movie switches to a narrative aspect briefly as if “Verbal” is talking to the viewers. The actions occurring on these scenes may not be all what they seem; it is from “Verbal”s point of view. It’s similar to the movie American Beauty in that many aspects are different than they appear. As beautiful as the main character’s house looks like from the outside, you would think the same of the people inside. But that’s not the case because the family is torn. The father next door believes his son is gay or on drugs, he is neither. And then the best friend of the main character’s daughter is not exactly the type of person she dresses like. We all need to train ourselves find our misconceptions and see the people for who they really are.

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