Today I watched The Usual Suspects for the first time since I saw it in the theaters when it came out. I'm one of the few people that didn't like it and so, seeing as my friend had it on DVD I thought I'd borrow it and give it a second chance. In a word, No, I still don't like it.
** SPOILER WARNING **
The problem is nearly all of it could be made up. The only things we know for sure is that there were 5 guys in a lineup in NY since the police ask him to start from there. We know Keaton is a bad guy because Kujan tells us about him. We know Verbal is Soze because the guy in the hospital IDs him. We know a boat was on fire and some people died on it. That's really about it. Everything else could be made up.
Did any scene with the laywer, Mr. Kobayashi happen? Well, we know there is no Mr. Kobayashi since his name was taken from the bottom of a coffee cup. We don't know if they ever met a Mr. Redfoot since his name was taken from the bulletin board. We don't know if they really stole the gems from the police taxi service. We don't know if they really killed one of the 5 early. We don't know if there was the mess up with the cocain in the briefcase deal either.
In fact we don't know that the other 4 aren't still alive. For all we know after the line up they all went to Disneyland, then fled the country while Verbal/Soze went to the dock by himself. None of the bodies were identifiable so we don't know the other 4 guys were there.
And that in a nutshell is my problem with the movie.
You can't trust what you are seeing. You could say all those things happened because we saw them but we also saw Verbal cowering on the dock while the other guys were getting killed and we saw him watching from the dock as the last guy was shot. Since we know those particular scenes are lies then it could just as easily be true that every single scene from the lineup on is all fabricated. 👎 😞