The Usual Suspects (1995)

I don't know if you'll find a better film in Triangle theaters this 
week than Bryan Singer's THE USUAL SUSPECTS.  His tale of a "heist 
gone bad" is told in detailed flashback, as part of an interrogation 
between the sole surviving participant (Kevin Spacey) and a very-
interested investigator (Chazz Palminteri).  These two are the anchors 
of a top-notch ensemble cast that includes Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel 
Byrne, Kevin Pollack, Pete Postlethwaite, Benicio Del Toro, and Dan 

The convoluted plot requires a second viewing to fully appreciate the 
intricacies of Christopher McQuarrie's ingenious screenplay.  Hint: 
take notes.  However confusing to the uninitiated, THE USUAL SUSPECTS 
rewards on more levels than I choose to describe here.  My favorite is 
the lush score by John Ottman, who, oddly enough, also edited the 
picture.  Recommended.

Grade: A-

Copyright 1995 by Michael J. Legeros 

Originally posted to triangle.movies

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