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The Usual Suspects (1995) Movie Reviews

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02/29/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Mindbending!

"The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist and just like that….he’s gone!”

As the film opens we see Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne) on a ship, bodies all over the place. He looks up to see a figure standing there who he addresses as "Keyser" before he is shot. The ship explodes but there is one survivor: a cripple named Roger “Verbal” Kint (Kevin Spacey) who tells the story of how the titular 'usual suspects' (Verbal and Keaton, plus the arrogant Todd (Kevin Pollak), the dim-witted McManus (Stephen Baldwin) and Fenster (Benicio Del Toro), got together and the events leading to the ship explosion to Agent Kujan (Chazz Palminteri), who has an ax to grind with Keaton. Agent Kujan is sure that Keaton masterminded the attack and has escaped so he intervie...

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01/03/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Usual Suspects" by Yojimbo

A group of hardened career criminals find themselves in the same police line up and decide to use the opportunity to pull a lucrative heist, little knowing that their strings are being pulled by a notoriously ruthless underworld figure. Bryan Singer's debut was a beautifully crafted crime thriller taking a lot of cues from the classics of Film Noir such as the Killing and The Asphalt Jungle using an excellent ensemble cast and ingenious plotting to keep you guessing as the plot twists and turns like a writhing serpent trying to wriggle free of your grasp. It's one of those films you wish you could see for the first time again and again but although it clearly suffers if you know the cunning twist in the tale, The Usual Suspects still has much to offer during repeat viewings. It may lack t...

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08/23/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Usual Suspects review

U.S. Customs special agent Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri) interrogates a crippled con man with cerebral palsy named Roger “Verbal” Kint (Kevin Spacey) about the incident that happened in a docked ship at the Port of LA. He mentions that there were 4 other criminals, a criminal mastermind who killed everybody insight. The criminals involved in the story were Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne), a crooked ex police officer; Michael McManus (Stephen Baldwin), a ill-tempered thief; Fred Fenster (Benicio del Toro), McManus' partner whose manner of speaking is distorted; Todd Hockney (Kevin Pollak), a hijacker and Verbal. Everything boils down to the confession of Kint’s story, be it valid or fabricated. Certain figures were involved in his story, Kobayashi and Keyser Söze. Söze is an evil criminal...

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05/31/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Kevin Spacey's Best Performance?

Five Suspects, one line up, and a puppet master pulling their strings. The Story is told by Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey) while being questioned by the police. The Line up is no coincidence, and the usual suspects are all suspicious, and we, the viewers are deeply confused.The Cast is simply brilliant (Kevin Spacey's first Oscar was well deserved) and no-one's performance is weak. The Direction by Bryan Singer is quite incredible, this is not an easy film to make work, it really is very complicated and the truth is very well guarded.Despite your enjoyment, you will feel confused for much of the time, puzzling over the various plot elements as they intertwine and twist you around, but its all down to the clever direction, there are not many movies out there, like this one. The good news is th...

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07/30/2007 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Always leave them guessing

This was one movie that I am glad I saw when I did, there weren't too many people talking about it at the time because it had already been out of the theaters, and most people had seen it, but since I was in my senior year of college and I didn't run into anyone to give away the ending I was in good form.
The movie has the elements of a great Mystery. The beautiful thing is that the whole thing has already happened, everything that is going on is coming from one man that is telling the story in police custody. It appears that he was the only witness and he is having a hard time talking because he already fears for his life.
The movie doesn't give anything away, it leads you to questions everything right up until the end and it makes you wonder what is going to happen from one scene to...

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