The Effect of Editing and Sound Features on Audience Response in The Usual Suspects

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The Effect of Editing and Sound Features on Audience Response in The Usual Suspects 'The Usual Suspects' was directed by Brian Singer and released in 1995. Singer has directed several films including 'X-Men' and (earlier) 'Public Access''. Although Public Access was his first film it did not receive significant recognition, which is why the explosive success of The Usual |Suspects established him as something of a maverick. This film is predominantly a crime thriller which examines the mystery of a sinister crime-lord (Keyser Soze) and an explosion on a boat. This analysis will examine the concluding sequence of the film with particular focus on the use of editing and sound. After Detective…show more content…
Now, the camera follows the police officer to the desk where he asks the receptionist if he can use the fax machine. He has the drawing in his hands. This moment provokes excitement in the audience for it seems that at last, the true identity of the infamous Keyser Soze is to be revealed. Back at the police station we see the stumbling Kint collecting his possessions before leaving "One watch, gold. One lighter, gold." If the viewer has been paying attention, they will recognize the significance of these words. We have seen these objects before; they are Keyser Soze'. At this point the audience may start to feel a hint of something not quite right, why are we watching Kint leave? Does he have further importance? Cut back to Kujan's office where he is sitting on the desk chatting to another cop. The camera cuts back to Verbal and watches him leaving. Although we are being shown Verbal, the diegetic sound is of the cop's continuing conversation. This cross-cutting makes clear that something is going to happen involving Kujan and verbal. Again, cut back to the office and back to the two-shot of the cops sitting at (or on) the desk. They are discussing the messy state of the office when one of the cops makes a statement which triggers a dramatic turn of events. "It all makes sense when you look at it, you

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