The Usual Suspects (1995)
Directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns, Valkyrie), The Usual Suspects goes from a simple heist movie to one of the most memorable endings in movie history. A group of 5 men, a hot head, a wise guy, an ex-cop, a gimp and a thug, are brought together for a simple police line-up. When they decide to pull off a jewel heist, everything goes to plan with no problems. The next plan, however, goes very wrong and they are now being blackmailed for the killings from the heist-gone-bad. Who is blackmailing them? One of the most feared men on the planet, Keyser Soze. Soze is so feared that some believe him to be just a myth, a figment of their culture. According to Soze’s lawyer, Mr. Kobayashi, the 5 of them, at one time in their past, unknowingly stole from Mr. Soze and he is now requiring payment. Their task involves seizing control of a drug ship in what seems like a suicide mission and the survivors get to keep the drug money.
The Usual Suspects won both Oscars it was nominated for; Best Supporting Actor for Kevin Spacey and Best Original Screenplay and both shine brilliantly. The movie is enjoyable to watch and has a great ending that will knock you out of your seat. The only negative I have to say would be the back and forth from present to the flashbacks that make the Usual Suspects possibly a double watch to fully grasp all it is trying to convey, but if that’s all it has wrong with it, then who cares! You get to see a great movie twice! Along with Kevin Spacey, the all-star cast includes Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Bryne, Benicio Tel Toro, Kevin Pollak, Chazz Palminteri, Pete Postlethwaite and Dan Hedaya. If you want to see a great thriller that won’t let you down, see this movie!
9/10 Stars – “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”
Click below for links to IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes