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The Usual Suspects
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Directed By
Bryan Singer

Written By:
Christopher McQuarrie

Cast:
Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Louis Lombardi, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio Del Toro, Giancarlo Esposito, Pete Postlethwaite, Dan Hedaya, Suzy Amis, Paul Bartel, Peter Greene

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The Usual Suspects (1995)
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Movie Review by Zara
March 7th, 2010

I had never watched this movie because by the time that it became all the rage, most people had released the "spoiler" portion of the movie, thus ruining a great deal for me. If you know what's going to happen at the end and if that's actually been given away by the good people at the Academy Awards when they give Kevin Spacey his first Oscar for the role he plays, well... I guess I'm just not the girl to get too wrapped up in mobster and bad guy and heist flicks unless they've got an element of fun to them.

But I finally watched it last night as a precursor to watching the 82nd Annual Academy Awards tonight (and most likely losing in my yearly Oscar pool that I'm in, I just hope I'm not near dead last like last year) and I've got to say that the movie does hold up for being 15 years old (as well as featuring a Del Toro who looks absolutely nothing like he does in current times). I knew what the end result of the movie was going to be, who the elusive Keyser Soze was, but it was still interesting to listen to Spacey tell the tale to the cops who are hot to find out who was involved in a major theft operation. In fact, I think that Spacey's performance alone is enough to hold up this film, but having it be supplemented by Chaz and Gabriel helps matters a lot.

I have to step back and ask the question of whether this is one of the best movies made and answer with no. I think it has good performances and set up a bunch of promising careers (or capped off a bunch who were going downward anyway so they at least got one last good swipe at it before disappearing - man, poor Peter Greene). This is a very good movie which delivers the goods better than most movies and is great for a story as well as performances. Which is why it was awarded an Oscar for a performance and writing, but nothing else.

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Martin
Mar 7, 2010 7:00 PM
 
Ye this movie is great because of the actors involved. I seen it not knowing what the famous twist was but because i knew there was a twist coming i managed to guess it by about half way through the movie (the same happened with "The Sixth sence") A Shame that because it ruined the whole film for me.

Lisa
Mar 8, 2010 2:38 PM
 
I think this was my favorite Spacey performance, I can't believe it's been 15 years since this movie came out... sh*t I feel old.



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