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.
It's not just about the twist that make the film works. The story is engaging, the direction is pretty decent, and the performances are well enough, especially Kevin Spacey's.
very predictable (I wonder if the cripple who manages to get away with everything isn't a cripple and is actually the bad guy). very over-dramatic music. confusing to watch because you sit there the whole time wondering what's the point, why are all of these plot lines being told when we already know who the bad guy is. still, a decent film with some humor to make up for the ambitious plot.
Just watched this for the first time...even though the twist was ruined for me years ago, it's still amazing how well-engineered this entire movie is. Awesome! Now I wish Bryan Singer would quit superhero movies and get back to making real movies like this again! Benicio does so much with his little role as usual. R.I.P Pete Postlethwaite
An endlessly twisted, exquisitely told crime thriller. Filmmakers in the '90s were obsessed with this genre, and it produced a great many amazing films: Se7en, Shallow Grave, Memento. And now The Usual Suspects. Assembling a terrific cast, Singe keeps the audience guessing the entire time. And even when you think you've got it figured out, they shatter that, too. It can get tiresome, but there's no denying its genius