Not terrible, but vastly overrated as an imaginative and brainy whodunit. The Usual Suspects features an all-star cast and Bryan Singer should be commended for cooking up a crime flick that does not rely on a barrage of bullets and cliche characters; I just found the end revelation unrewarding and obvious.
Kevin Spacey gave us a great film with comedy, action, and a great plot and script. Really worths the 7 dollars I payed for it, and the 2 or maybe more hours that you'll spend watching it and trying to figure out what the truth really is.
Like many films I discovered in high school I watched it way too many times but good god is it a fantastic flick. Perfect execution of a brilliant script of a tired drama. Every performance is a knockout.
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.
I am usually capable of understanding why movies are considered beloved classics even when I personally don't enjoy them but this one baffles me. Absolutely everything about it is ordinary, unremarkable, plain. It feels so forgettable it felt like I was forgetting it while I watched it. Sure, it has that famous "big twist" finale but who even cares by the time you get there? Giving this one a C.