The Usual Suspects (1995)
The Usual Suspects is one of my favorite movies. Perhaps I'm just slow and dim witted, but the first time I saw it, the big surprise twist ending was super-cool and completely unexpected. And even though knowing the ending pretty much ruins the movie, I've still seen it many times since. The ending is great, but getting there is a ton of fun too!
The movie begins in New York, where 5 criminals are brought in for a line-up. While in custody they decide to work together on a big heist that affords a little payback for their temporary incarceration. While fencing the loot from the heist, they find that their coming together has not been by chance. A seemingly omnipotent criminal mastermind has been guiding their destiny.
1995 was the year Kevin Spacey was placed on the map. His work that year in Seven and the Usual Suspects, made him a star. He was in some really good films previously, but typically in a neutral supporting role. This was also the year that he became one of my favorite actors. It also wasn't the first film for Benicio Del Toro but it was the first time I noticed him as well. Everyone does a great job with their roles.
Roger Ebert gave the movie 1.5 stars. He hated it. Beginning, middle and especially the end. He even saw it twice before writing his review. He's really the only reviewer that I even pay close attention to. Unfortunately critics sometimes tend to be too critical. If I love a movie, it doesn't matter that certain aspects of it make no sense. It doesn't matter when it contradicts itself or when questions are left unanswered. The Usual Suspects is a great movie. Ebert was wrong.
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
• Never before seen deleted scenes
• New high-definition transfer
• Audio commentaries by director Bryan Singer & writer Christopher McQuarrie
• Interview with composer/film editor John Ottman
• Featurettes: Pursuing the Suspects & Keyser Soze, Lie or Legend
• Original Featurette: Heisting Cannes
• Gag reel with introduction
• Trailers, TV spots
• Full-screen and widescreen anamorphic formats