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In Bryan Singers The Usual Suspects we are presented with a number of different situations where character opinion and manipulation alters the view we get of a scene A prime example of this is the contradictory manifestations that arise from the character of Keyser Soze whose true identity is shown in various ways from different characters points of view The boat scene is also an integral part of the mystery where the events that occur are presented slightly differently in relation to the character that is telling them It is this multiple focalization that has created the question as to whether the film has an open or closed ending and because of the differing presentations from Verbal Kint Kevin Spacey the ending can be argued in favour of each case Without Verbals overall presentation of events the mystery to the story would be lost and it is this stylistic presentation that allows him to manipulate the audience and Agent Kujan Chazz Palminteri which in turn emphasises the intelligence and power that he possesses The opening visual dynamics immediately presents us with a scene that will be replayed a number of times and the contrasting mia scoro in the boat scene symbolises the struggle for life against quickly imposed death The first interpretation of events on the boat presents us with what really happens though the true identity of Keyser Soze is not revealed at this stage which in turn creates the main premise for the narrative to develop from The presentation of the scene is affective in its simplicity we are not presented with any kind of build up to the situation on the boat neither do we know who Dean Keaton Gabriel Byrne is or why he is on the floor and we are not aware of who Keyser Soze is and the power that he possesses It is from this that the scene appears to convey what genuinely happened with the stylistic
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