Dec 30

Number 191 The Usual Suspects (1995)

The Usual Suspects is number 191 of our top 200 movie list.  It is directed by Bryan Singer and stars Kevin Spacey, Kevin Pollak, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, and Benicio Del Toro.  It is rated R.

The Usual Suspects

Karen’s Review

I choose not to watch this because of the amount of profanity that was in the first five minutes.    

 Kenny’s Review

The Usual Suspects was the first one on our list that neither I nor Karen had seen the movie before.  Also, we had no idea what it was about other than it was ranked fairly high on several best movie lists. Karen could not make it past the first few minutes due to its amount of profanity.  Despite the language issues The Usual Suspects ended up being a pretty good thriller that tries to be more intelligent than it actually is. I would probably keep it on our list of top 200 movies, but is it worth the two Academy Awards it won I am not so sure.  I would have to go back and see what else was out in 1995 to make that decision.

The Usual Suspects is about five guys that get hauled in by the NYPD to be in a line up.  Except this is no usual lineup all five of them have a criminal background and before they are released they have teamed up for a big heist.  As the movie moves along the five criminals quickly realize that their chance meeting was not a coincidence, but all part of a plot created by a ruthless criminal mastermind Keyser Söze except nobody knows if this mastermind actually exists.  The group is torn between completing the heist or making a run for it and when one of them does make a run and is killed the rest of the crew has to decide if they are going to go through the heist or double-cross the person calling the shots and face the wrath of Keyser Söze.  The movie plot is full of twists and turns and finding out if Keyser Söze exists and if he does who is he is all part of the fun in watching The Usual Suspects.

Is it one of the best crime thrillers ever?  Not in my opinion, but it is worth watching if you can get over the amount of profanity that is in it.  I guess that is what the screenwriter believes the criminal underworld sounds like, and maybe they are right, but it does distract from the overall flow of the movie.  Also, the film never develops any deeper meaning to their characters other then it is a group of guys that go out and commit a series of heists, and by the end of the movie there was no emotional connection between me and the characters.  That emotional connection is what separates the truly great movies from the good and this movie was just good not great.  I give it three shells out of five.
3 shells

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1 comment

  1. freda phillips

    Good for you Karen. You made MoM proud.

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