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In Bryan Singers 1995 film The Usual Suspects the fine art of storytelling is utilized in order to give the storyteller power The narrator who is appropriately named Verbal weaves a web of words drawing his audience into his story This not only gives him the power over what his audience is thinking but it also established the narrator as a friend someone who can be trusted In The Usual Suspects the narrator is a crippled powerless man who is the only survivor of a huge criminal operation As far as the Detective knows he is the only man with the real story who can give them the truth The art of storytelling is also used by everyones favorite trickster Odysseus Like Odysseus Verbal employs the means of storytelling to improve his position The Odyssey begins in the middle or in media res and slowly we are caught up to real time and find out where Odysseus really is Similarly in The Usual Suspects the story is told as a series of flashbacks intertwined with real-time police interrogations with Verbal The plot is cleverly crafted to go around in a loop with the ending ultimately being at the start making the audience slowly piece together clues and imagery a little at a time to understand the relatively complex structure of the film There are constant intertwining scenes from the past and the present only letting the audience learn bit-by-bit like the detectives state of mind The director of the film himself is also a storyteller using voiceovers to avoid tedious elements of the plot which are observable in many modern day films Due to Singers skilled storytelling character and plot developments are achieved quickly and no sacrifice of pace is conceded thus making the story much more enchanting and entertaining Like Odysseus Verbal uses his wits to overcome adversity He is seemingly severely handicapped and has no physical power whatsoever He has only his wits
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