Best Movies by Farr

The Usual Suspects

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What's it About

After a deadly explosion in an L.A. harbor, police inspector Kujan (Palminteri) interrogates hobbled, chatty con artist "Verbal" Kint (Spacey) about his criminal associates: bad cop Keaton (Byrne), ornery weapons expert Hockney (Pollak), wise guy McManus (Baldwin), and flashy mumbler Fenster (Del Toro), all presumed dead. Verbal reveals how, after being rounded up for a police line-up five days earlier, the men hatched a heist scheme and became involved with a mysterious, mythical underworld figure named Keyser Söze.

Why we love it

Singer's ingenious noir thriller takes a twisty, complicated plot about betrayal and recrimination and turns it into a dark fable about the things we fear most: what we can't see and don't understand. Spacey won an Oscar for his unnerving portrayal of Verbal Kint, a man at once physically vulnerable and intellectually devious, but the entire cast — Byrne, Pollak, Baldwin, and a hilariously indecipherable Del Toro — bring their gallery of quirky deviants to vivid life. Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie push the mystery past the tidy, clichéd conclusion into a most unexpected realm, making these "Suspects" anything but usual.

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"