The Usual Suspects is a 1995 American neo-noir film written by Christopher McQuarrie and directed by Bryan Singer.
The film tells the story of Roger “Verbal” Kint (Kevin Spacey), a small-time con man who is the subject of a police interrogation. He tells his interrogator, U.S. Customs Agent David Kujan (Chazz Palminteri), a convoluted story about events leading to a massacre and massive fire that have just taken place on a ship docked at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro Bay. Using flashback and narration, Verbal’s story becomes increasingly complex as he tries to explain why he and his partners-in-crime were on the boat.
Its a brilliant piece of work by Bryan Singer.
You may feel bored at times, but the climax is really stunning that it will definitely kick you out of the stupor…!
Awards and nominations
Christopher McQuarrie – Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, 1996 British Academy Film Award for Best Original Screenplay, Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay
Kevin Spacey – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor,1995 Seattle International Film Festival Best Actor
Benicio Del Toro – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor
Newton Thomas Sigel – Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
Bryan Singer – 1995 Seattle International Film Festival Best Director
Acknowledged as the tenth best mystery film by American Film Institute on June 17, 2008
Verbal Kint was voted the #48 Villain in the AFI’s AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Heroes and Villains in June 2003
Entertainment Weekly cited the film as one of the “13 must-see heist movies”
Empire magazine ranked Keyzer Soze #69 in their “The 100 Greatest Movie Characters” poll