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The Usual Suspects is a lasting film told in the narrative style of an apparent semi-innocent man Verbal Kint which is critical to setting up our interpretation of the characters and events In the film we are told the story of how everything came to be the false arrests of the usual suspects Keaton Verbal Kint McManus Fenster and Hockney the payback of the police and the legend of Keyser Soze among other things Everything we are presented with makes us want to symphonize with Verbal from his being a cripple to his Agent Kujans bulling of him by calling him stupid and weak Throughout it all director Bryan Singer beautifully weaves the story with his powerful use of editing and sound Specifically we can pinpoint two sequences in the film and see just how they compare differ and relate to the scope of the film The two sequences that ideally fit this criteria is the sequence after we see Verbal for the first time of the arrests and interrogations and the conclusion of the film when Agent Kulian realizes he has been had Here we a decisive example of just how effective sound and editing can be In the sequence concerning the arrest and subsequent integrations we are clearly shown to perceive the bad guys as good and the police as bad Although highlighted by comedy throughout its here where the soundtrack plays a considerable role Starting at the beginning of the arrest scenes and cuts we see each arrest highlighted by a large boom which in turn causes a sense of doubt amongst the audience During this time the soundtrack is played throughout and special attention is given to the character of Keaton His arrest is given the longest segment and has his own diagetic soundtrack foreshadowing his importance as a character as he will identify albeit briefly Keyser Soze Most of all we are not shown Verbals arrest raising many questions
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