Film Review: The Usual Suspects (1995) | Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne & Chazz Palminteri

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.

It’s hard to believe twenty years have passed since the release of The Usual Suspects, yet there is absolutely nothing usual about how timeless this cult classic truly is.

Reminiscent of the film noir detective genre, The Usual Suspects style, theme, and evocative mood has you plotting right alongside the detectives aiming to solve an unsolvable case. Meanwhile, with exegetical narration, we watch five master criminals desperately try to make amends after mistakenly stealing from ‘the devil himself’ – “Who is Keyser Soze?”

From the opening scene to the final frame, you’re stuck to your seat in a chaotic web of lies and deceit; with close shots, dark lighting, and over-the-shoulder camera angles aimed to create the feeling you’re right amongst the action, soaking up evasive dialogue like a wet sponge dripping with intrigue.

Written by Christopher McQuarrie, who later went on to brilliantly adapt the screenplay of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel – All You Need is Kill, aka – Edge of Tomorrow, its not hard to see why he was the perfect man for the job.

Attaining cult classic status is by no means a small feat. With The Usual Suspects prevailing presence in pop-culture to this day, it goes without saying this film is right up there with the best.

A poll conducted by IMDb has its plot twist outvoting even The Sixth Sense, which is really saying something!

Accompanied by its recognizable music score, nothing is to be forgotten about The Usual Suspects. If you haven’t seen it, or simply need a refresh, I assure you there is no disappointment in going back twenty years to an ageless classic. I envy anybody experiencing it for the first time.

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