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Pretty Bad: 0.44%
Total Crap: 2.65%
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|Usual Suspects, The
The Usual Suspects has enough plot turns to make you really dizzy... but unless
youíre stupid, Keyser Soze himself is worth the headache. So who is Keyser Soze?
You wonít hear it from me.A big boat goes boom. There are 27 dead bodies, and $91 million in drug money. Then
"Actually, no. I am Keyser Soze."
thereís Verbal Kint. He was there. He saw it go down, and somehow heís still alive.
Soís a very lucky Hungarian terrorist. The Hungarian terroristís luck is subjective, really.
Heís been barbecued, and someone named Keyser Soze is after him. This Soze fellow
would evidently like to finish the job. But thatís not where our story begins.
Our story begins 6 weeks earlier, with a police lineup. Thereís McManus (Stephan
Baldwin) and Fenster (Benicio Del Toro), partners in crime. Thereís Keaton (Gabriel
Byrne), a restaurateur with something up his sleeve. Then Hockney (Kevin Pollak) a
mechanic, and our poor little cripple, Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey). All of them are
brought in for the investigation of a truck highjacking. They havenít really got that much
in common, besides the whole ďcriminal recordĒ thing. They are The Usual Suspects.
Evidently the truck belonged to one Keyser Soze, a really mean Hungarian who is actually
considered a myth. No oneís ever seen him, no one knows when they do business with
him. But heís there. To pay the olí boy back, our heroes are sent on a suicide mission.
So off they go, dying all the way, and killing right back.
Our director, Brian Singer, really did an admirable job here. Weíve got good character
development. The narrative style has a certain flair. A few of the cinematography shots
squeeze feeling into an area that would otherwise be muddled. But most of all, he makes
us wonder. Who is Keyser Soze? Thatís really the only important thing here, finding out
who he is. Do you know right off? Maybe. Maybe youíve got a hunch all the way
through. But how can you be sure? How can you be sure heís even there? Whether he
To be perfectly honest, most of the cinematography isnít that impressive. Some of the
script is superfluous. And there isnít a person acting in this film who isnít hamming it up
nearly to the point of irritation. But at least theyíre good at it.
Here we have a movie with Chazz Palminteri, Pete Postlethwaite, Benicio Del Toro,
Kevin Pollak, and Kevin Spacey. Now you want it to be understated? Wrong movie,
wrong casting. But The Usual Suspects works when itís over the top. The subtlety isnít
in the performances, itís in the plot. And thatís something we donít see enough of.ďTo a cop the explanation's always simple. There's no mystery to the street, no arch criminal behind it all. It if you find a body and you think his brother did it, you're gonna find out you're right.Ē
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originally posted: 04/17/00 04:37:26