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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
"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…
#11 of 12 films in my Adapted Screenplay Challenge
Something bothered me as I started to read Scott B. Smith's first novel, the 1993 thriller entitled "A Simple Plan." By the time I finished the first chapter, I knew what it was: the writing style.
To begin, the opening 12 pages have no "hook" to capture and keep the reader's attention. The telling is flat, historical, emotionless. Also, because it is a first-person account of events already long past, there needs to be a reason to like, or at least believe, the narrator. In this case, rural Ohio accountant Hank Mitchell tells us outright that he often acts "without really thinking" and he "had no feel for the weight of…
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.
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,…
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.
"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...
Nearly all of Sam Raimi's films take a look at the way a simple act of selfishness can destroy a life. This film does so more obviously than most (outside of maybe Drag Me To Hell). It's surprising how much this feels like Raimi, even absent any of his usual stylistic signifiers. Loved it, even though the first half stressed me out.
Nota = 8
No sé por qué tardé 17 años en ver esta película. Obra maestra de Sam Raimi. Una joya del cine negro.
Debo reconocer que recordaba quienes eran sus protagonistas pero no su director y me sorprendió muchísimo al ver que era Raimi, pues es una película muy diferente a todo lo que he visto de él. Es inevitable compararla con cualquiera de los hermanos Coen, particularmente Fargo (ayuda mucho a esa comparación el hecho de que el personaje de Thornton es muy Coeniano, además de los escenarios y otros personajes del pueblo).
Una historia muy oscura, que comienza con accidentes que involucran muertes, transcurre con accidentes que provocan más muertes, termina con muertes, siendo la mitad de ellas accidentales y…
'A Simple Plan' is not just a simple Thriller. It's more about what happens to three man sinkin' deeper and deeper into the shitbucket. Always with a blinkin' eye on a sad story of guilt, raimi draws a precise picture of his protagonists and even all accidental turnings in the story fit perfect in the meaning of the movie. Sam Raimi celebrates the art of story telling. And I celebrate it, too.
A really awesome study of how money can corrupt even the seemingly most pure members of a crowd.
This is another film that doesnt have the Sam Raimi touch imo and its very under-rated
To know less about the story is great imo as this is a film that makes you think and will stay with you for days
Billy Bob Thornton is always a pleasure to see on the screen, and A Simple Plan is no different, particularly with its powerful themes of companionship, greed and betrayal.
Compelling contemporary take on the classic Treasure of the Sierra Madre style tale of greed bringing the desperation out in people. The drama comes out in seeing Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton communicating as brothers, both with very different personalities yet with a genuine love for each other that becomes all the more heartbreaking as the money the find ends up breaking them apart. It's especially tragic from Billy Bob's point of view, who always depended on his smarter and more socially engaged brother to help get him through life. Sam Raimi, known for his usually over the top direction, manages to restraint himself to let the actors take full reign of the screen and allow the endless cold of the scenery give the characters a sense of claustrophobia.
As a self-confessed Evil Dead lover I went into this one looking forward to it but I left rather disappointed to be honest. The plot is pretty much three men find a crashed plane filled with money and try to decide what to do with it. Some of the dialogue was really quite unnatural sounding and took you constantly out of the film. There were lots of shaky moments in the acting too, especially with Bill Paxton and his wife (Billy Bob Thornton was great though). It felt forced and unaware of how silly it sounded. The cheesy voice-over bookends didn't help.
The story had its fair share of problems too: it was frustrating watching the idiotic characters making constant…
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