“The Usual Suspects,” a gritty, hard-hitting work of noir crime film, recounts the tale of a bunch of crooks who are called together to carry out a task that, in turn, results in almost all of them being executed. One of only two survivors of shooting and fire onboard a ship berthed at the Los Angeles port is con artist Roger “Verbal” Kint (Kevin Spacey). We discover the tale of how Kint and his fellow crooks got into that situation through narration and flashbacks, and how only Verbal was able to escape it unharmed.

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Verbal is often mocked by Customs agent Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri), who doesn’t believe his narrative. Instead, Verbal describes how the organization came to be and how Keyser Soze, a mysterious character in the underground of crime who is as much myth as man, arrived into their lives.

Details are crucial.

In a police lineup, Verbal and Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne) were joined by three other men: entry may Michael McManus (Stephen Baldwin), his accomplice Fred Fenster (Benicio del Toro), and demolitions specialist Todd Hockney (Kevin Pollak). Except for Verbal, all of these guys pass away at the movie’s conclusion.

Kujan is adamant that Keaton, a disgraced former police officer, is Soze, assuming there is such a thing as this enigmatic underground boogeyman. Verbal posts bond and depart the L.A. station after refusing to testify in court in spite of persuasion from Kujan. Soon later, Kujan learns everything Verbal told him was a lie when he examines the bulletin board in the office he had rented for the questioning. On the board of the wanted posters are names and places from the tale. Kujan was tricked into disparaging Verbal and making fun of his brilliance constantly.

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When Verbal is picked up by Kobayashi, we then see him straighten his leg and start walking properly after previously walking with a noticeable limp. Then we understand that Verbal was actually Keyser Soze the entire time, making up the narrative as an unreliable narrator to gain time until he could exit the building and go.

The biggest ruse ever employed by the devil

One of the greatest noir stories in recent memory is “The Usual Suspects,” which also serves as a reflection on the seductive power of a well-told tale. Verbal Kint recounts the story, much like Scheherazade from “1001 Arabian Nights,” not only to captivate his audience (and so buy time till he can go) but also to deceive, to lull Kujan into a false sense of supremacy and security.

Similar to the anonymous narrator in Henry Fielding’s “Tom Jones” or George MacDonald Fraser’s “Harry Flashman,” Kint is an unreliable narrator who frequently makes contradictory claims but then quickly covers them up with just-palatable enough justifications while continuing the story and keeping Kujan occupied. The audience is as shocked by the discovery, which pulls the rug out from under Agent Kujan. Since Verbal Kint was never real, nothing Verbal said beyond that point can be trusted. He was Keyser Soze the entire time, deceiving us in front of the fact that the movie’s outcome was already predetermined.

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The conclusion of “The Usual Suspects” is a masterful play on how stories can trick us. Kujan and the audience are both drawn in by Verbal’s narrative, which makes us believe it before becoming clear that it is all a fake. It’s undoubtedly one of the most musically-inclined climaxes in movie history.

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