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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.
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…
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.
When I think about A Simple Plan, I picture a certain hypothetical situation. The Coen brothers and Sam Raimi are all at university taking a screenwriting class. In the final exam, all the students taking that class have to write out an original script on the spot. The Coens write the script to Fargo. Wanting to cheat and unwilling to think of anything himself, Sam Raimi tries to look over the shoulders of the Coens to copy their work; however, Raimi can't glimpse any of the important details and nuances, only writes down a vague and nonsensical simulation of the Coens' plot, and cannot understand any of the subtext within the Coens' script. The film Sam Raimi writes is A…
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Haven't I already seen something like this before? Bill Paxton is the most average actor ever
Sam Raimi doing his Coen Brothers impression. Pretty good... Pretty good.
Not as simple as one would be led to believe. "A Simple Plan" offers great ensemble performances, never-ending suspense, and great execution at telling its tragic fable--all the while making a statement as one of the best films of 1998.
The core and real punch of the picture comes from its two main characters linked by blood but not by much else. The trouble all begins when the bothers and a buddy come across a downed air plane in the forest. with $4 million inside. The idea arises that they should all keep the money and hide their secret from all others. Hank resists at first but the promise of the money draws him in to becoming apart of the…
Ich verstehe schon, warum Billy Bob Thornton für einen Oskar nominiert wurde. Wirklich tolle Performance. Die anderen Schauspeieler sind auch gut.
Trotzdem hat mich Story jetzt nicht vom Hocker gerissen, irgendwie nicht so arg spannend.
I always forget that Sam Raimi directed this film, and that Danny Elfman did the music. I'm actually surprised that the two of them do not collaborate more often. I think it's a better fit than Elfman's continued partnership with Tim Burton.
I remember reading the book, and getting very excited about this movie coming out at the time. I think the material does a nice job sticking to the source. In an unconventional turn of events, the actual writer of the book (Scott Smith) wrote the screenplay. I think he did a good job, transferring his novel into a different medium.
The person who really steals the show is Billy Bob Thornton. Coming off of his break-out performance in…
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