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Old 10-21-2009, 05:14 PM
Mr.Hyde's "Well, it's about time you saw it!" Reviews: The Usual Suspects

Crime films are always a kick for me. There's just something cool about shady, yet likable characters banning together to pull off that great heist. Whether it's Robert Deniro in Heat, Gene Hackman in Heist, or Johnny Depp in Public Enemies. Yet, along with the cool enigmatic characters, you need to have story, dialogue, and direction. If you got that boiling in a pot and cooking well, you may have yourself an excellent crime flick. Director Bryan Singer, known for his solid film adaptations of the X-men comics, knew these ideas, and decided to brew up The Usual Suspects for those in love with the genre.

The movie drops us in a boat heist that went to hell, and the police investigation that follows the destruction and bloodbath in order to find out jsut what happened. Here we are introduced to cripple Roger "Verbal" Kint (Kevin Spacey), one of the survivors of the heist gone bad, and he is pressured by a US customs agent, Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri) to give his account on how it all went down. This leads us through the events, from how Kint became acquainted to his crew of 4 other criminals, the crimes they pulled, the mystery of the identity of a sinister crime lord, and to the eventual heist on the boat.

Bryan Singer brings about all these events in a quick, but efficient fashion, being able to let all his actors have their time to shine. Whether it's in the hilarious line up scene, in which the 5 criminals play along with the cops after being taken in on trumped up charges, or the great back and forth dialogue between Verbal Kint and Dave Kujan, nothing seems to be wasted in terms of the plot or actors. Sure, some characters are focused on more than others, such as Gabriel Byrne's Dean Keaton and, one of the criminals that was close with Spacey's Verbal Kint, but Kevin Pollack, Stephen Baldwin (yes, that Stephen Baldwin), and Benecio Del Toro all throw in excellent acting all around as the 3 other criminals in the crew, evoking their own personality into the mix.

Along with the excellent acting and the fast plot, we are also invoked with a lingering suspense, accompanied by slick and eerie soundtrack, as the movie progresses to the botched boat heist. There is soon a mystery and suspense of a lingering evil force, brought home by Spacey's sharp delivery of the story of the looming figure that shakes the crime world to the very core. It's helped by the twists that follow, allowing the viewer to be caught up in the spiraling story of who this person or persons is. It's this idea that is part of the reason this movie seems to go by so fast, in that you want the answers that the movie is holding back, like presents on Christmas Eve.

Yet, despite all these praises that this film can mustered, there is this feeling that I wish that I came into this movie fresh, not striding in with knowledge of certain facts towards the movie in my mind. Yet, despite this disappointment, director Bryan Singer still created a pretty fantastic crime movie, leading you watch it once, then a need to watch it again in order to catch something you thought you missed the first time.

10/10
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