The Usual Suspects
Directed by Bryan Singer
This is one of those films that I really enjoyed, but I am not sure I could defend it against its critics. It's like a time travel movie. If you don't think about it too much, it is a great ride. I would advise any innocent soul who hasn't had the twist spoiled for them to watch this immediately.
Roger Ebert said he had a hard time following the plot to this movie. After watching it a second time, he said "I had, after all, understood everything I was intended to understand. It was just that there was less to understand than the movie at first suggests." This is a fair point, as it sometimes seems the plot is complicated for the sake of being complicated. Basically, a con man with cerebral palsy is one of two survivors of a massacre on the ship. He tells the police interrogator (and us) the story of how he and his partners in crime showed up on the boat in exchange for immunity.
I tend to rate movies on the enjoyability factor and in this case, I have to give the movie five stars. It's exciting and gripping and nearly everyone delivers a memorable performance. I feel a bit uncomfortable praising a film that works better if you don't use your brain. As a rule, I should perhaps condemn these movies but as an occasional treat, they can be a fun diversion.
The word "fuck" is used 98 times.
On Roger Ebert's Most Hated Movies List.
Body count of 17.