Following a truck hijack in New York, five conmen are arrested and brought together for questioning. As none of them is guilty, they plan a revenge operation against the police. The operation goes well, but then the influence of a legendary mastermind criminal called Keyser Söze is felt. It becomes clear that each one of them has wronged Söze at some point and must pay back now. The payback job leaves 27 men dead in a boat explosion, but the real question arises now: Who actually is Keyser Söze? —IMDb
Hailed as one of the film industry’s most exciting and provocative new talents after the huge success of The Usual Suspects (1995), director Bryan Singer has built his reputation on making films that are essentially lengthy, verbally dexterous flirtations with the darker side of human nature.
Born in 1966, Singer was brought up in southern New Jersey. Raised in a Jewish household, his early childhood was, in part, marked by his formation with a couple of non-Jewish friends of a so-called “Nazi Club.” The existence of the club — which, Singer has said, was formed more out of a fascination with WWII than as a slight to his own heritage — was unsurprisingly put to a quick end by the director’s mother. The incident catalyzed Singer’s own awareness of his Jewish identity, something that would later inform his adaptation of Stephen King’s Apt Pupil and cause one interviewer to label him (presumptuously, perhaps) as “young Hollywood’s great Jewish hope.”
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The film is well produced, including a nice soundtrack and decent photography, but it is highly overrated. It plays cheaps tricks on the mind with no originality at all, neither do I experience it as interestingly complex. The Keyser Söze myth is okay, too bad it spins out of control together with the rest of the movie at the end. This is most certainly not a masterpiece, it's an enjoyable cliche.
Here's a film that serves as proof that a strong ending can change your opinion on the piece altogether. You spend most of the movie thinking, "I don't think it's very good." But then the end sequence is shown to you and it feels so skillfully composed and seems too bring the rest of the plot events together so well, that you think, "Wow! This is a really good movie!" Funny how that happens.
Modern day crime classic focuses on the last man standing of a hijacking thug squad retelling the events that led to their death. Terrific work from the ensemble, but the real winner here is the script, a gloomy, cult puzzle which not only packs one of the best cinematic punchlines in movie history, its density essentially demands repeated viewings. A masterpiece in screenwriting and a genre-buff dream come true.