It’s a lot dumber than it likes to look, but a good time nevertheless. Sacrifices a lot of storytelling options to cram in what would be an unnecessary twist if the story were better. 

Kevin Spacey is good in this, which I will begrudgingly admit (separate the art from the person all you want, but he seems very comfortable playing creeps in hindsight). I think Benicio del Toro is the highlight though, in the world’s most hysterically overwrought, yet simultaneously delightful, performance of a crook. 

One thing Reservoir Dogs (and Tarantino in general) got right is that crooks must have a bizarre, very black sense of humour. The Usual Suspects could have benefitted from some of that.

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