Benicio Del Toro
This being one of my all-time favorite films, there's a part of me that wants to maintain some kind of restrained professionalism and be objective on this review. Screw it, this movie is epic. I was in 8th grade when I first saw it and have been in love with it ever since. It might not be the most perfect film ever made, but of the five stars I have to give, I am giving all five.
THE USUAL SUSPECTS is of course, one of the best "plot-twist" movies ever, right up there with FIGHT CLUB. (Sorry, but I knew Bruce Willis was dead.) The great thing about this film, is that even after your first viewing, and learning it's secrets, its still amazing to watch again and again. Each time you see it, you see a hint there and a clue there. The acting is dead-on and perhaps it is these second or third viewings that make you appreciate the range of these actors all the better. The late great Pete Postlethwaite is chilling as the mysterious lawyer Kobayashi. You can feel the frustration of Chazz Palminteri's Agent Kujan. Gabriel Byrne's Keaton is the perfect conflicted anti-hero. The supporting criminals are all essential in making this a believable cast. I can't even get into Kevin Spacey's performance because it will take up this entire review. The man is a boss.
It's hard to describe the genre of this film without giving too much away. "Thriller", "mystery", "crime drama" are all appropriate, but its the intricate balance of how they are threaded together that make this film so enjoyable to watch and discuss. If you are one of the few people who haven't seen this film, then I'm not going to go into too much summary. I don't want to ruin anything for you, and you will thank me. If you have seen it, then I don't need to fluff this film for you, you know how amazing and memorable it is.