The Usual Suspects Reviews
The movie is really good with a somewhat great cast. I think if you've seen the movie, or maybe just by looking at the cast, you can see who those 'somewhat' actors are. But the true star of the show is my long time favorite, Kevin Spacey. He makes every role look easy.
The film has a great script. It's smart. The beginning your to believe it's the good vs. evil, then by the end it gets all twisted with a great spin. I had it figured out, because unfortunately, with films today it's hard to not see a twist coming. I'm sure when the film was made and seen, the twist had a much bigger affect on the audience. A great film. I will see it again."
Try not to let that raise your expectations too much. That's just my opinion. It also happens to be shared by many others, and for good reason.
This taut suspense thriller is a complex and convoluted tale about a crippled small-time con man named Roger 'Verbal' Kent. Verbal is the only witness and key suspect connected to an explosion on a ship that left 27 men dead, the lone survivor horribly burned, and $91 million worth of cocaine supposedly believed to be on board missing. Biding his time at a police station, Verbal tells Detective Dave Kujan a complex and convoluted tale of how he and four other criminals became involved in the ill-fated ship incident.
The film starts off as a twisty-turny whodunnit, but eventually evolves into so much more. Many people have already spoiled the ending, but I won't. I'll just say it's a genius payoff, and one of the best executed plot twists ever, regardless of the many parodies and imitators.
The film is definitely a love it or hate it sort of deal. It's not really about what you think its about, and I was okay with that. I sometimes really love a movie that screws around with you, makes you think, and delivers something far from conventional. It's very compelling, and I'm very happy that Christopher McQuarrie won an Oscar for his script.
Kevin Spacey won an Oscar for his work as Verbal, and I'm also happy with that decision. He's really awesome, but he's not alone. Backing him up are an all-star cast that include Chazz Palminteri, Dan Hedaya, Pete Postlethwaite, Kevin Pollack, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del Toro, and Stephen Baldwin among others. All of them deliver top notch work, and they seem like they had a really good time working together.
John Ottman's score is wonderful mysterious and atmospheric, his editing is also quite good, there's some excellent cinematography to boot. Just the whole atmosphere, mood, and tone of this movie impress me. Every time I see it, I just get sucked in right from the start and I'm held in awe all the way through.
This film remains Bryan Singer's masterpiece, and I strongly urge you all to check it out.
"The truth is always in the last place you look"
I finally watched The Usual Suspects. I went in with huge expectations, which can sometimes destroy a movie, but this exceeded them and then some. I don't only like the movie for it's twist ending, which I did see coming. Even though the twist was what I expected, it was still really cool and satisfying to see how Bryan Singer pulled everything together at the end.
The film works because of a great cast of characters. All of the five "Usual Suspects" are well thought out and are all interesting in their own little way. The Keyser Soze aspect of the movie is really genius. You create a villain that no one has seen and that no one knows is real or not. We hear rumors about what he's done and how far he's willing to go. Then you throw people in who says he's real and people who says he's not. It creates fear for something. Like the devil, not knowing is the scariest thing about him. Kevin Spacey's performance was amazing and his narration is really good and the writing is brilliant. There are a couple of scenes that are just off the charts in how good they turn out.
I am completely in love with this movie. It's one of the few movies where I can't understand why anyone wouldn't like it. It's as entertaining as any movie you can throw out for discussion and it's pretty intelligent. It's not a movie like Speed(which I like), that is extremely entertaining, but really stupid and has endless impossible action sequences that make no sense.
The Usual Suspects is a new favorite of mine, that I can see myself watching again very soon. Oh and one more time, Kevin Spacey kicked ass in this movie.
Verbal: And like that... he is gone.
I used to be a supporter of the fact that this a movie that you can't re-watch and have the same pleasure as you did the first time around. While I still feel this is partially true, it becomes enjoyable on new levels and it's clear how much effort was put into the main plot and twist at the end. It also helps that Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne and Chazz Palminteri are great in their roles. Even though bizarre appearances from Stephen Baldwin and Kevin Pollak don't really work, they do fit the bill as talentless thugs. The Usual Suspects is a very risky movie and I think for the most part it accomplishes everything it sets out to do.
Despite the ensemble cast, the movie turned out to be rather disappointing. Just one of those films that keep pretending to have far more cards up its sleeve than it actually has. Too many questions being thrown in to the mix, the finale really answers little or less, but audience couldn't care less; because there was'nt any question relevant enough, in the first place.
Del Toro seems almost unrecognisable in this earlier role, partly due to the character, but partly how he has changed too.
Great characters, the heist itself wasn't particularly fascinating, but that's where the main focus lies, in all of the distractions.