Movie Review: THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995)

Shah Shahid

Cinephile. Bollywood Connoisseur. Attempted Writer & Editor at Host of Split Screen Podcast (@splitscreen_pod). Member of the Twitterati @theshahshahid. Diagnosed w ADH-- look a dust bunny!

12 Responses

  1. Abbi says:

    Great review. I love this movie.

  2. lauren says:

    Often imitated never bettered. So many films have tried to copy The Usual Suspects by having a twist ending but they forget that what so good about The Usual Suspects is that everything makes sense at the end and even on repeated viewings it’s still a great film to watch. Great review!

    • Shah Shahid says:

      The trick was though, to have all those connecting pieces seem mundane and casual when we see them throughout. Only to reveal how importance each sequence, interaction and dialogue was in the grand scheme of things. Imitations miss that crucial point.

      Thanks for stopping by Lauren.

  3. ruth says:

    Awesome review Shah! I saw this years ago so the details are a bit hazy but Spacey’s performance was WOW! No wonder he went on to be one of the best actors working today, whether in films or TV (with House of Cards). I also like Gabriel Byrne in this.

    • Shah Shahid says:

      I miss Gabriel Bryne. I remember him mostly from STIGMATA. That dude was like… intense. He always looked like he was sad, but deadly!

      Spacey is just great. It’s a given. Thanks for the comments Ruthie! :p

      • ruth says:

        Oh Mr. Byrne’s still got a lot going on, he’s doing a variety of indie flicks and also on the TV series VIKINGS. He’s great in the Coens’ Millers Crossing, definitely worth checking out. Yep, very intense with piercing blue eyes that go straight to your soul 😀

  4. sanclementejedi says:

    It’s been way too long since I checked out this film. I am pretty sure I would look at it with a more critical eye after 3 years of writing about film. Nice review and thanks for the reminder to check this out.

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