The Usual Suspects (1995)

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A group of hardened career criminals find themselves in the same police line up and decide to use the opportunity to pull a lucrative heist, little knowing that their strings are being pulled by a notoriously ruthless underworld figure.

Bryan Singer’s debut was a beautifully crafted crime thriller taking a lot of cues from the classics of Film Noir such as The Killing and The Asphalt Jungle, using an excellent ensemble cast and ingenious plotting to keep you guessing as the plot twists and turns like a writhing serpent trying to wriggle free from your grasp. It’s one of those films you wish you could see for the first time again and again but although it clearly suffers if you know the cunning twist in the tale, The Usual Suspects still has much to offer during repeat viewings.

The Usual Suspects may lack the weightier characterisation of the likes of Heat or L.A. Confidential, but it’s still easily one of the best crime stories of recent years and I implore anyone who hasn’t had the ending spoiled for them yet to watch it ASAP.

9.5/10

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