While watching Brian Singer’s Usual Suspects, I was fascinated by the different perceptions of reality from Roger `Verbal’ Kint and Dave Kujan. While the spectator often sides with Verbal throughout the film, he might place more trust in Kujan because of his identity as a policeman (while Kint presumably works in the drug trade). The film’s end is shocking to both the viewer and Kujan, who suddenly drops his mug of coffee upon discovering that Kint’s story was entirely false. Singer juxtaposes a zoom-in shot of the broken mug and Kujan’s face to emphasize his epiphany. Lying in a pool of coffee on the floor, the destroyed mug reads “Kobayashi,” which formed a significant portion of Kint’s lie.
Kint’s incredible narrative which permits him near-total immunity emphasizes the strength of his character and his ingenuity as the world-renowned mob boss. Kint’s capacity to invent a cohesive story coincides with the notion that videogames allow players to enter another world where identities can transform entirely. In Kint’s story (and in his conversation with Kujan), he similarly creates a world in which he is physically disabled and less assertive. Perhaps not surprising due to Kint’s true identity as the legendary Keyser Söze, his ability to persuade both Kujan and the audience of a compelling narrative emphasizes the possibilities of narrative in videogames.