Essay on The Usual Suspects by Christopher McQuarrie

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he Usual Suspects by Christopher McQuarrie The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer, 1995) was written by Christopher McQuarrie and shot on a low budget $6 million (estimated) for such a successful film grossing over $51 million worldwide. The storyline is a crime mystery thriller the genre has a set of conventions, they create a high level of anticipation, uncertainty, mystery and nerve-wracking tension. They also help the audience understand the film more easily and know what to expect from it. It also helps make sure that the audience will enjoy the violence, suspense and mystery the film contains having seen similar films in the past. The manipulation of the audience through plot twists and…show more content…
The story is of a group of five criminals (Verbal, Keaton, Hockney, Fenster and McManus), who are taken into custody by the New York Police for questioning about the hijacking of a van carrying gun parts. After being questioned separately they meet up in the cells and discuss doing a job that McManus had heard about. They do this job and another and afterwards are approached by Kobayashi and told that they must complete a job for his boss Keyser Soze (a Hungarian gangster with legendary status is the underworld), the standard shadowy figure often used in the genre. The group is reluctant to do the job an almost suicidal mission to steal dope worth $91 million from a heavily guarded ship. Fenster is found dead after deciding to leave rather than do the job. The group decides to kill Kobayashi instead of doing the job he told them about. However Kobayashi threatens Edie so they find they have no choice but to succumb to his will. The job goes badly and everyone is killed by a mysterious assailant killed except Verbal. The sequence starts just as Verbal finishes giving his testimony, Kujan starts confronting him with his ideas concerning Keaton. Verbal is told by Kujan that the Hungarians weren’t actually buying dope and that they were in fact paying for the one person who knew the identity of Keyser Soze. True to the genre the facts start to trickle through

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