A drop-dead dazzling movie about attrition, suspicion, and vendetta framed by career crooks and a customs inspector. Six gangsters join hands to pull off a heist without knowing that one has a grudge. They’re systematically massacred.
Bryan Singer’s narration lulls you toward the predictable only to deposit you at the chopping block. It’s narrated backwards, through the slurred recollections of lone survivor Roger “Verbal” Kint (Kevin Spacey), who believes a dreaded and elusive villain called Keyser Soze engineered the massacre. Verbal confesses to customs agent Dave Kujan (Chazz Palmentieri) about the gang (Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Pete Postlethwaite, Stephen Baldwin, and Kevin Pollak; all perfect) and pleads for protection against Soze. The rest is movie history. Among of the smartest thrillers ever made.