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A Simple Plan
Sometimes good people do evil things.
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
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.
"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…
I miss the days where people like Bill Paxton or Jeff Goldblum or Val Kilmer or Kurt Russell or Sam Neill or Alec Baldwin or Woody Harrelson were all considered leading men. That time was the 90s and I'm nostalgic as fuck for it. Also, awe-inspiring snow photography in this film. No doubt that Raimi consulted with the Coens on some secret pointers. Sure paid off.
Two brothers and a friend take a drive on New Year's Eve. Run down truck. Dog in the back. It's around midday when when they reach a nature preserve. Woods to the left. Farm to the right. One narrow, snow-covered road splitting them up. A fox emerges, fresh out the henhouse, prey in its mouth. The truck swerves, crashes, dog jumps out to chase the critter into the woods and the men follow. An inconvenience, a disagreement, a snowball toss and a discovery...A grand discovery and a morbid one. The plane wreckage is iced over and the pilot is dead, but the duffel bag is untouched. Its contents are toxic: $4.4 million. Grins, laughter, disbelief. The scene is pure fantasy,…
"Everything goes to sleep"
Snow,Manipulation and Guilt combine to create a tense and emotional experience...Billy Bob Thornton does some of his best work here right up there with Sling Blade and Monster's Ball...Never mind the atmospheric resemblance to Fargo this is a solid thriller in it's own right...
A Simple Plan, based on the novel of the same name by Scott Smith is director Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead trilogy) trying his hand at a bit of film noir. The film landed Billy Bob Thornton an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and Scott Smith a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Some people consider it Raimi's best film. I thought it was a good modern noir, but I wasn't as impressed as the critics seemed to be with it.
Two brothers Hank & Jacob (Bill Paxton & Billy Bob Thornton) along with their friend Lou (Brent Briscoe) discover a downed plane in the woods while looking for Jacob's dog. Hank goes inside the plane, finding a dead pilot and…
This Kind of Plan Is Never Simple
I've seen this story on several different TV shows, or anyway variations of it. There's a Remington Steele episode where a whole town conspires to cover up a similar situation and is just waiting for the statute of limitations to run out on the bank robbery the money was stolen in. I'm unclear if this would make the entire town co-conspirators in the bank robbery and therefore prolong the statute of limitations by prolonging the conspiracy, but it's certainly true that the kidnapping and various other shenanigans are prosecutable offenses. Which is the thing, here; there are always various other shenanigans in these stories. It never goes smoothly, because you have to rely…
Billy Bob Thornton steals the show. Kind of bland in some places but never not entertaining. By the books, but in that "I saw this movie on tnt" kind of way. In fact, this movie feels like it's on some cable channel ALL THE TIME. I don't know for certain but it seems like one of those. It's alright. I kinda liked it, I guess.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
So he kills all those people, gets all the money and then burns it. WHY???????????
One of the very best movies of 1998. And superior to many that got more attention from critics.
A masterpiece of a morality tale.
This is probably the least Sam Raimi movie I've seen him make - but that's not a bad thing at all. This story doesn't call for any Shaky Cam snap zooms on people's faces. But that's because it's not about a physical, foreign evil that threatens our protagonists. This movie is about a quiet, more subtle evil that lives inside all of us. But also perhaps the physical, foreign evil that is money. But that leaves us in a strange place - a quiet Sam Raimi movie. No less sinister or foreboding than any other Raimi movie; just quiet. And what that quiet allows for is a slew of fantastic performances. This movie is an actor's showcase. Especially for Paxton and Thorton who are both just great here. I love the pace of this story - at every single turn something goes wrong, and the "simple" plan is irrevocably changed. And the ending is actually pretty surprising, and appropriately cynical.
La perdida de la moral en su máxima potencia.
I love movies where you just have to sit back and watch everything fall apart. It's especially great when you grow to care about the characters and become emotionally invested as you watch their lives go to shit. A Simple Plan is a really terrific example of a modern Greek tragedy, with a smart script and a trio of wonderful performances.
This might not seem like a "Sam Raimi movie", but it sure is horrifying. Paxton, Thorton and especially Fonda do a nice job of showing three different people corrupted by greed to various degrees, and it's fascinating to see how the script plays with our expectations about each character and what role they'll play in the final outcome. Fonda…
On the heels of his first non-horror movie, *The Quick and the Dead*, Sam Raimi decided to make a more traditional slow-burn thriller.
Hank (Bill Paxton) is a small town general store clerk with a pregnant wife and a simpleton brother Jacob (Billy Bob Thorton). While running an errand, Hank, Jacob, and Jacob's crude alcoholic friend Lou (Brent Briscoe) stumble across a small crashed plane in the woods. Wouldn't you know, inside the plane there's a large bag with millions of dollars in it. The three make a plan to take the money while keeping it hidden from the authorities or anyone else who may come looking for it. What's the worst that could happen, right?
While the plot is…
I’ve seen this one a few times, but the most recent viewing (prior to this week) was maybe eight (or more) years ago. I saw it for the first time when I was in high school, shortly after it came out on video. My dad and I watched it and both found it pretty compelling. Interesting characters making one horrible decision after another, digging their hole deeper and deeper until we’re sure there’s no way they can climb out.
My first viewing of Fargo was around the same time, and I didn’t care for it much. I grew up in Minnesota (where both movies are set), but I just didn’t “get” Fargo. I didn’t understand the humor. Or something. In…
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