This is the film which started my films collections. The first pirated movie VCD ever that I bought back in 2000 but only managed to watched it once throughout the times. Last night was my second time after decided to buy its DVD copy. My first experience with the movie didn’t going quiet well. After watched it for the first time in 2000, I thought the movie was so overrated. I didn’t know why people love this film so much, the critics love this film so much, even IMDb listed this between no. 20 in their 250 greatest films ever.
So as a starter for this blog, I decided to watched this film again with the intention to try to re-evaluate my first thought about it. Unfortunately, my second experience bring me the ‘usual suspect’. OVERRATED. I agreed that the film has the clever film ending with the surprise element but not the greatest one, and the second time viewing make it worse when I didn’t feel the surprise anymore. Not to mention the slow development of the story and the characters.
There’s nothing more to write about this film except its great screenplay (won Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen at the Oscar and BAFTA 1996) and the performance of the ensemble casts especially Kevin Spacey and yes the directorial of Bryan Singer who’s at the time was merely 20′s something. This is the film which put them both on the map.
To prevent any spoilers, I stop here but I do recommend you to watch this film by yourself and make you own judgment to my ‘usual suspect’.
Police investigating an exploded boat on a San Pedro pier discover 27 bodies and $91 million worth of drug money. The only survivors are a severely burned and very scared Hungarian terrorist and Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey), a crippled con-man. Reluctantly, Kint is pressured into explaining exactly what happened on the boat. His story begins six weeks earlier with five criminals being dragged in by New York police desperate for suspects on a hijacked truck and ends with the possible identification of a criminal mastermind.