This film and its story is anything but usual. Watching this film is like watching a magic trick using slight of hand happen right in front of you. Keep track of everything and then forget it because when you least expect it, ummm, expect it. Bryan Singer’s (Valkyrie, The X-Men) film is nothing less than spectacular, incredible and mind blowing.
In New York a truck is hijacked and five conmen, Michael McManus (Stephen Baldwin – Spy Kids, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle), Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne – from television’s In Treatment), Fred Fenster (Benicio Del Toro – The Wolfman, Things We Lost in the Fire), Todd Hockney (Kevin Pollak – The Whole Nine Yards, She’s All That), and Verbal Kint are brought in for questioning. Since they are innocent the five are all released. But not happy with that the men plot their revenge against the police. Their plan goes well, but under the influence of the mastermind Keyser Söze it all gets a little crazy. It comes out that all five of the men have at one time or another wronged Söze and a big payback is due his way.
The payback leads to a large explosion on a boat, many dead bodies and $91 million in drug money. The only survivors are a Hungarian terrorist and the physically handicapped Verbal Kint. The police force the conman Kint to explain everything that happened on the boat. And what the police and everyone most wants to know – who the heck is Keyser Söze?
Don’t expect special effects or an epic film, this is just a great story, confident directing and solid acting. Besides all these things what is truly superior about the film is how subtle it is. I’m not going to tell you anything about the details of the story, but I guarantee that once it is over the truth of it all will hit you like a ton of bricks. Then if you watch it over again then you will see all the well hidden little clues you missed the first time.
This is the perfect example of a film that you can watch over and over and never tire of. It is that good. You’ll also see new things every time you watch it. It is a film that is certainly more than the twist ending. I don’t think I can oversell it.