Before I go into my thoughts on the film, I have to acknowledge the fact that the “whoddunit” aspect of the film was ruined for me. I knew exactly who the perpetrator was, so I probably didn’t enjoy the film as much as I would have if I had not known.
The Usual Suspects is a crime story told through the narrative of a single survivor of a vicious gun fight. The five criminals involved all met while in a line-up at the police station. Revelations are brought to light as the story goes on.
The acting is incredible. The film stars Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Giancarlo Esposito, Stephen Baldwin, and Gabriel Byrne, and they’re all fantastic.
The cinematography is good, and I love Bryan Singer’s directorial style. The story didn’t have the punch I wanted, though (refer to being spoiled to the fact of what ultimately happened).
Overall, this is an intriguing crime story with amazing performances and stylish cinematography. The Usual Suspects didn’t grab me like I thought it would, but I believe that’s in part due to the fact I knew what was going to happen.
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