The Usual Suspects – Throwback Thursday
Intro to… The Usual Suspects
The Usual Suspects hands its viewers a question: Who is Keyser Soze? This blog gives its readers an answer: Should you watch it?
A long shot over a dark river leads us to a ship on fire, covered with dead bodies. We hear the last words of a man facing death: Keyser Soze. Then he gets shot, twice.
Only two people survived this massacre: a comatose Argentinian, and a cripple named Verbal Klint (Kevin Spacey). The latter made a deal with the district attorney, immunity for confession. In his confession Verbal states that Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne) is among the deceased. This attracts the attention of Special Agent David Kujan (Chazz Palminteri), who has been tracking Keaton as he is his key-suspect of many unsolved crimes.
Kujan puts Verbal in a room and asks him to recount his story. And so Verbal takes us back six weeks when he met four criminals while standing in a police line-up, and a series of events that all lead to one question: Who is Keyser Soze?
Should I Watch It?
The Usual Suspects is a thriller that is heavily story-driven. This means that the entire movie stands or falls depending on how well it is told. And in this case, it has been done impeccably.
The talent of the cast is undeniable and they all throw in a great performance. Combine this with a great script and compelling story and you will be sucked right in. Tension is held throughout the entire film by the presence and anonymity of Keyser Soze.
The Usual Suspects is an amazing film that deserves all the recognition it has ever received. Do yourself a favour and watch it as soon as you can.
Yes, watch it.