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The Usual Suspects (1995)

Bryan Singer
Thriller, kriminal
De mistenkte
101 minutter
Bryan Singer
Michael McDonnell
Christopher McQuarrie

Cast includes:

McManus Stephen Baldwin
Keaton Gabriel Byrne
Fenster Benicio Del Toro
Hockney Kevin Pollak
Verbal Kevin Spacey
Dave Kujan Chazz Palminteri
Kobayashi Pete Postlethwaite
Edie Finneran Suzy Amis
Jack Baer Giancarlo Esposito
Jeff Rabin Dan Hedaya



Bryan Singer's The Usual Suspects represents the ultimate in audience manipulation and controlled unfolding of a script. It is a shamelessly clever movie in which logic is only followed to the degree that it allows McQuarrie and Singer to let their delicate hoax continue to elaborate and suck us in. The style, confidence and timing was brilliantly combined in this benchmark mystery film.

The idea is simple, but constantly complicated by Singer's elegant denouement. We meet five standard criminals who seem to be set up in a line-up after a robbery none of them did. They develop a plan to get back at the police while earning themselves some money. Then they are offered the job of a lifetime by a mysterious stranger who presents himself as a messenger for the enigmatic Keyser Soze. But who is Keyser Soze? And who can be trusted by whom?

In many ways, The Usual Suspects is a make or break film, since Singer's direction is constantly balancing on a razor edge. But in maintaining suspense throughout and conducting a stylish film noir updated to what was to become a trendsetting way of filmmaking, the film has a magnetic effect which most likely will blind you into complete enjoyment. The brilliant cast certainly had fun during the making, with Benicio Del Toro making a name for himself and Kevin Spacey making the transition from a critics' favourite to a big box office star. One of the best of the boldly directed, cleverly scripted crime films of the 1990s which will send shivers down your spine.



Verbal Kint: "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled, was convincing the world he didn't exist."

[When bending down to pick up a cloth to wipe off his face as an abundance of armed police officers were arresting him]
Hockney: "Sure you brought enough guys?"

[About Keyser Soze]
Verbal Kint: "And like that... he was gone."

Re-reviewed: Copyright 20.4.2008 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright 16
.10.1996 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang