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A Simple Plan
Captivated by the lure of sudden wealth, the quiet rural lives of two brothers erupt into conflicts of greed, paranoia and distrust when over $4 million in cash is discovered at the remote site of a downed small airplane. Their simple plan to retain the money while avoiding detection opens a Pandora's box when the fear of getting caught triggers panicked behavior and leads to virulent consequences
"Nobody would ever believe that you'd be capable of doing what you've done."
One of Sam Raimi's forgotten gems before he was given the Spider-Man job. A Simple Plan is Fargo without the quirky characters and pitch-black humour but instead you get something, while similar in plot, a lot darker and a little bit more disturbing in it's characterizations.
Perfectly cast, Bill Paxton excels as Hank Mitchell, the small-town gentlemanly nobody and a father-to-be who's temptation for a better existence clouds his usual morally-sound judgement when he finds 4 million dollars in a crashed plane. Soon, under pressure from his mentally-challenged brother (Billy Bob Thornton, brilliant), his drunk red-neck buddy and his manipulating wife (Bridget Fonda), Hank makes a serious…
A tense film about family, greed, murder and guilt.
It gets too serious and unbelievable as it goes on. It wants me to take a leap of faith which would've been easier to take if it was a little bit less serious in tone. This film would have been brilliant in the hands of the Coen brothers. It replaces their dark humor with heavy melodrama. It's a good movie no doubt but whenever I will want to rewatch this I'll just remind myself I can rewatch something much better, like Fargo or Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood.
Imagine the logical halfway point between Fargo and Shallow Grave, as executed by Sam Raimi. It's exactly as good as the film that just popped into your head.
Terrific acting (especially from Bridget Fonda), some of the best (and most subtle) directing of Raimi's career and razorwire suspense throughout adds up to a wonderfly small and incredibly intelligent thriller.
I think Billy Bob just became my favourite actor.
Like NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, but very little suspense or humor and in its place is just stone-cold tragedy. I started to worry about halfway through that I was actually Billy Bob Thornton; he's that good in this.
A Simple Plan belongs to what might be my favorite subgenre - the "regular people get caught up in a crime that keeps getting worse and worse and also it's snowing" movie. But the artistry brought to the table elevates it beyond any categorization anyone could come up with for it.
The story in less capable, humane hands could have easily fallen onto the wrong side of the nihilism/tragedy divide, but the heartbreaking reality of the characters and their situation keeps that from even being a concern. The movie does what the best noir stories often do, and makes you feel sympathy for people doing terrible things. Not as some kind of trick, but because they're all human, making escalatingly…
Having really enjoyed Billy Bob Thornton work in the new Fargo TV series I wanted to give Thornton's first Minnesota/Wisconsin role a chance. He plays the bumbling brother perfectly in this amazing film about how a person can easily slip from what they thought was a moral life to one filled with crime and betrayal.
Why you should watch this film: Billy Bob Thortons performance is one of his best. Bill Paxton doesn't get enough acting opportunities... and the small town ambiance of the film feels like the 1990's.
Why it's disappointing: The plot of the film is a little too easy to create the proper intrigue needed. The twist and turns aren't that unexpected, and the supporting cast is a little weak.
What's surprising: The dialogue good or bad, is very well acted through out the film especially the scene between BBT and Paxton in which BBT informs Paxton that he's never even kissed a girl. He's pathetic, touching, funny, all at once.
The biggest problem: It feels incomplete, you're never fully satisfied by the storytelling aspect of the film.
Raimi leans on a Fargo inspired decor and wild coincidences to get him to the end.
Raimi directs a taut, gripping thriller that plays more often like a train wreck you simply can't look away from. Paxton at first seems wooden and phony in his opening monologue and scenes, but this plays into the phony acts he displays in hopes of duping every person who stumbles upon the plan of his and three others to run off with 4 million in cash found in a crashed plane.
The events unfold in predictable fashion, but are so masterfully executed that it feels like the first story ever in the innocent people crime tragedy. The performances are fantastic all around, especially Thorton as the lonely brother who can't handle the mounting pressure of his morality. Paxton develops immensely…
What seemed amazing in 1998 now seems merely competent. Part of the problem is that Billy Bob Thornton is operating on an entirely different plane than the other actors, and they all look amateurish in comparison. Also, Raimi is mostly on auto-pilot here, though he does get the job done, and that job is to create suspense over the fates of a group of really idiotic characters. Sub-Steinbeck material is mostly wasted.
fantastic. A Coen brothers movie, from director Sam Raimi
This is probably my favorite Sam Raimi film and let's not forget that he also made the fucking great EVIL DEAD 2. The thriller element of this picture is flawless, but it's the family tragedy portion that really endures. Bill Paxton and Bridget Fonda have never been better, but Billy Bob Thornton steals this one with a heartbreaking performance.
I Don't Like 1998's A Simple Plan, I Don't Like It Because Me And My Brother Jesse Krajci Were 4 Years Old On March 7th, 1998.
A tense, gripping drama thriller with a top notch cast especially Billy Bob Thornton. I'm a sucker for movies about ordinary people delving into criminal actives and the moral consequences. The film isn't as great as I was hoping but it is a nice change of pace of Sam Raimi and reminded me alot of the Coen Bros. without their traditional quirk. Some scenes though are prime examples of how to do suspense right. You don't see movies like this anymore...
If only they had just stuck to Lou's original plan. haha
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