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Just a Damn Fine Film

the usual suspects (1995)

Who is Keyser Soze?

Bryan Singer

Christopher McQuarrie

Newton Thomas Sigel

Kevin Spacey
Gabriel Byrne
Chazz Palminteri
Benicio Del Toro
Kevin Pollack
Stephen Baldwin
Pete Postlethwaite



I love this film. But then, the question becomes, who doesn't love this film? It's smart, clever, suspenseful, and very well filmed. It fulfilled every one of the expectations I went into the theater with. Fantastic.

The construction of this film - beginning at the end and having to go back through everything through the eyes of Verbal Kint - is fantastic. I like having Spacey narrate the action. It works really well.

Finally, it's just a fantastic story. It's very well constructed and leaves me feeling very satisfied as a film watcher. I went in; I watched; I was amazed; I was drawn in; I was completely satisfied. How many films can you say that about?

Verbal Kint TestifyingTHINGS I LOVE

Kevin Spacey. He won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Verbal Kint with good reason.
Pete Postlethwaite. I just love him. And here, he's playing a mysterious messenger with tons of power. Very cool role for him.
The mystery and the suspense - thinking you know who Keyser Soze is (if someone hasn't ruined it for you) - and then changing your mind several times.

Keaton reading the phraseFAVORITE MOMENTS

The dropping of the cigarette as the boot heel rises off the deck. This is great filming.
The lineup. The reading of the phrase.
Kobayashi's visit to the pool room.
The discussion about The Pool RoomKeyser Soze between Agent Kujan and Verbal.
The elevator shaft. Very cool.
The killing of Arturro Marquez - the pullaway shot.
Agent Kujan's epiphany.
The final scene. (click on it if you don't mind me spoiling the ending)

QUOTESThe Interrogation

You know a religious guy names John Paul? - Verbal
He was dead just long enough for the murder wrap to blow over and then he had lunch. - Kujan
The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. - Verbal
And like that ... he's gone. Underground. Nobody's ever seen him since. He becomes a myth. A spook story that criminals tell their kids at night - Rat on your Pop and Keyser Soze will get you. - Verbal
Keaton always said I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of him. Well, I believe in God, and the only thing that scares me is Keyser Soze. - Verbal
Kobayashi and Keaton Well, you tell me Agent Kujan, if I told you the Loch Ness Monster hired me to hit the harbor, what would you say? - Verbal
It was Keyser Soze, Agent Kujan. I mean the devil himself. How do you shoot the devil in the back? What if you miss? - Verbal