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Throughout this entire mind-bending crime mystery, crippled criminal Roger "Verbal" Kint is telling his complicated yet highly detailed story to agent Dave Kujan. The entire story hinges around a mysterious mastermind known as Keyser Soze - a man as enigmatic as he is dangerous. The movie ends on what has to be one of the most awesome twists ever, proving that for evil to win, you have to be as quick-witted as you are ruthless.
A group of strangers find themselves trapped at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty storm and, wouldn't you know it, one-by-one start dying off. We finds out - SPOILER SPOILER - that these diverse characters are actually all different aspects in the head of one man suffering from multiple personality disorder and that a team of doctors are attempting to reconcile these personality types - both the violent and the nicer types - by ultimately having him "kill" off each one until only one remains. Who wins in the end? Well, if you read the title, you know it's not who you want to win.
Man, Kevin Spacey shows up again - the man is the master of rooting for the bad guy. Anyway, the film revolves around a series of very well-thought out and extremely brutal murders based around the seven deadly sins. You have your classic pairing of veteran cop and hot-headed rookie being paired up to take down the "John Doe" who has decided to put his plans into motion. In the end, despite the detectives thinking they have won the battle, it's Doe who has the upper hand and, even though he may not live to see it, he surely wins based on the outcome.
Hannibal Lecter is a genius - he has a keen mind, and he uses it to his advantage, manipulating all of those around him. Oh, he also likes eating people - you know, brain food and all that. You can say that Buffalo Bill is the bad guy in Silence of the Lambs - and he doesn't win, but Lecter is not the kind of person you want walking around. I mean, when you wheel a guy out in full straight-jacket and a mask to keep him from biting, well, let's just say the man has issues. It's the kind of person who should be locked up - not running around free.
Usually courtroom dramas leave a bit to be desired - but Primal Fear is one of my favorite exceptions. A stuttering young man accused of murdering a priest - a cut-and-dried case that seems unwinnable, is taken on by a hot-shot lawyer who proceeds to uncover many facets of the story that seems to lead to the boy's innocence. The story really hooks you in - but the big kicker comes as the end - and you really find out whose the player and whose getting played.
Anton Chigurh is not a man you want to mess with. Cold, calculating and deadly serious about completing the task at hand - the perfect killer, which is great when he's working for you, but about the worst possible turnout when he's coming after you. Usually guys like this either turn over a new leaf (ala Jules in Pulp Fiction) or simply wind up dead, but Chigurh finishes his job and walks (well, limps) away to kill another day.