The Usual Suspects (1995) Directed By Bryan Singer (Movie Review Sample)
Analyze a scene of one of the movies presented in class focusing on one or more of its relevant aspects (characters, setting, sound and music, camera work etc..) and explain the relevance of the scene in the movie (max. 5 pages, double spaced, Times New Roman, 12pt). The review must be submitted by November 20. It should be text and pictures in the scene review, there are two examples in the attachment.source..
New York Police Department, New York and San Pedro Bay, California
“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”
Written by Christopher McQuarrie and directed by Bryan Singer, The Usual Suspects is both a stone-cold classic and a modern masterpiece. It was set in New York, where five conmen were brought together for interrogation. These men, after finding out that none of them was guilty, planned a reprisal scheme against the NYPD. In the course of their revenge and NYPD’s struggle to capture them, a certain name outstood the movie – Keyser Soze. Soze was described as a savage and vicious criminal drug dealer, yet a master with brilliant and exceptional mind. The most vital enigma in this movie is that nobody knew who he was and that the five conmen did not know that they have actually worked for him before. What they only knew is that he was a myth, a legend, a horror story you would tell your children about – he was actually coined by the characters in the movie as the ‘Devil.’
The story started in a ship in San Pedro Bay, where one of the conmen, Dean Keaton (Gabriel Bryne), was lying badly wounded on the ground, when a mysterious man suddenly walks to him, points a gun directly to his head and shoots, and sets the ship on fire. There were only two survivors: Arkosh Kovash, the Hungarian hoodlum, and Verbal Kint, the cripple who was one of the five conmen. After the incident, believing that Keaton was behind everything, Agent David Kujan of the NYPD tried to question Verbal and made him confess that Keaton was the mastermind and that he is not really dead. Verbal narrated the story from the beginning until the end – how they originally only planned to get back to the police, but later accepted works for people who wanted their service, until they fell under the control of Soze who asked them to get rid of his Hungarian nemeses.
At the end of the movie, of course, Soze was finally revealed when Kujan and Baer finally have put all their facts together to make sense out of the puzzle, and told Verbal of the revelation that Keaton was actually Soze, Verbal almost had a breakdown because he could not accept the fact that his good friend, who let him live in that ship, is actually the culprit who played all of them in his hands all this time. Kujan offered him security as long as he turns himself to be a State witness, but he refused. When he left, Kujan, together with his chief were in their office, talking about how the case would now be immaterial since Keaton is already dead. While Kujan was contemplating on things, looking at the bulletin board where all leads are posted, he suddenly felt strange and realized that all what has Verbal told him was a make-up story. Apparently, Verbal’s narration was derived from all those written on the papers on the board –...
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