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The Usual Suspects (1995)
Am I really getting it? Are you? (brain hurts)
I get it and yet, I don't -- and wonder how many people REALLY do understand the finale -- or are they just caught up in the flash and sizzle of a fantastic ride with a surprise destination? Sure - it's an awesome adventure, but does it REALLY take you anywhere?
Yes, yes, yes... It goes unsaid that first and foremost, an outstanding ensemble cast, superb dialog & script, and truly a piece that keeps one riveted...BUT
(SPOILER) - If Verbal's explanation of what happened, detailing all the names, events, locations - If these were all made up, created based on the bulletin board postings and items in the office where he was interrogated...then did any of these events really happen? Was there a Kobyashi, a Redfoot, etc., or was it all just an elaborate story? Based on the ending - Verbal's story was a just a great improv. BUT - if these events were all fictitious, then how did we really involve our crew in everything that occurred, up to and including the ship heist and explosion? If there is no real substance to Verbal's explanation, how can we have a real outcome??
Is it me -- or is this just a cutting edge Wizard of Oz, with us first questioning who the Wizard is - And then, trying to solve -- was any of this real or just fantasy - a dream? I love this flick, primarily because of the superior cast performance -- but I can honestly say I don't really understand it -- or is this the way I'm supposed to feel? It truly makes my head hurt!