Film Review: “The Usual Suspects” by Blade Brown
Plot: A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup.
Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since this movie has debuted. Since then, director Brian Singer has gone on to direct three X-Men and a Superman movie. Its writer, Christopher McQuarrie (who won best original screenplay Oscar for this movie) recently directed Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. And two of the movie’s actors, Kevin Spacy and Benicio Del Toro have won Oscars themselves. The movie, which achieved moderate success upon release, has rightfully gone on to be an iconic movie, with one of the best endings in the history of cinema. 20 years later, the film still holds up great.
The movie follows the interrogation of Verbal Kint, one of two survivors of a violent blood bath on a boat. The interrogator, Kujan is determined to find out the truth. He has a close history with one of those who we’re killed, as he feels the fallen was the brains behind the whole operation. As Verbal recounts the events leading up to the massacre, the other survivor utters the name Keyser Soze before he dies from his wounds. Which leads Verbal to tell parts of his story that he hoped to keep quiet about. Keyser is known as the boogey man to most criminals. Verbal feels lucky to have dealt with him and lived, and doesn’t want that to change. But Kujan is hard pressed to find the truth, no matter what the revelation reveals.
There is a reason this movie won for best original screenplay. The dialogue is top-notch and the acting is just as superb. From all of the suspects, to the side characters that we meet throughout Verbal’s story, all the actors bring their A-game. The ending has been parodied several times over. But it remains a fun task to see if you can see the signs throughout the movie to catch the twist. And if you’ve never seen it, the ending will blow your mind.
The Bottom Line: Easily one of the best movie of 1995. The movie put Brian Singer and Christopher McQuarrie on the map. For that alone we should be grateful. But the cast and crew delivered a very special movie. Everyone’s success after its release is just an added bonus to its awesomeness.
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