Combustible Celluloid
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With: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Spacey, Chazz Palminteri, Pete Postlethwaite, Giancarlo Esposito, Suzy Amis, Dan Hedaya, Clark Gregg
Written by: Christopher McQuarrie
Directed by: Bryan Singer
MPAA Rating: R for violence and a substantial amount of strong language
Running Time: 106
Date: 01/01/1995

The Usual Suspects (1995)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Who Is Keyser Soze?

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

To many young film buffs, this is where film history begins and ends. And I guess you can't blame them with a thriller this clever and satisfying. This is great storytelling, in a movie so confident that it dangles clues right in front of your face, where you're not used to looking for them. (While you're relaxing, you should be looking for clues.) Even if you know the ending, the puzzle still snaps together with such terrific precision that multiple viewings are hugely rewarding. I don't even need to mention the delicious performances by Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Benicio Del Toro, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Stephen Baldwin, etc.

In 2002, MGM released a new special edition DVD, eclipsing its 1999 release. It contains two brand-new commentary tracks: one by director Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie, and one by composer/editor John Ottman. Highlights include deleted scenes, and a weird gag reel. In 2011, MGM and Fox released a Blu-Ray Book edition, which, for some reason, has none of the old extras. It comes with a bunch of trailers.

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