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The Usual Suspects

2005-03-28 17:06:38.810022+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

I had heard about "the infamous coffee cup scene" in The Usual Suspects[Wiki] over and over again, but never seen the film. So on Saturday evening we rented it. On Sunday we watched it again, and then once more with the audio commentary on until we got so disgusted with the film we had to turn it off.

Snappy dialog, devastating acting, fantastic direction, and yet, in the end, I think we both hated it because what could have been a wonderfully tight caper story that tied together in a beautiful way had slapdash writing with numerous holes and inconsistencies that ultimately rendered the story meaningless. It was like watching a David Mamet[Wiki] film with a deus ex machina ending, and the resulting letdown midway through the third viewing was one hell of a disappointment.

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-03-28 20:03:27.075934+00 by: meuon

It's your own fault.. you watched it THREE times? Most movies don't hold up under such scrutiny. Some "good" books as well.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-03-28 20:09:08.571004+00 by: Dan Lyke

Two and a half times, but, yeah, your point stands.