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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
#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…
"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.
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...
Itd be swell if Raimi made more movies like this. It shows he can direct serious drama with conviction and gets incredibly strong work from Paxton, Fonda and Thornton (the latter got an Oscar nomination)
it's almost like
money makes people
do bad things
Truly a prime example of what a movie in the crime-thriller genre (in the vein of Fargo) should be. Aside from the incredible character depth and evolution, rarely seen in this type of movie, it skillfully keeps you wondering what you would do in that situation
A handful of hillbillies find some cash in the woods and paranoia runs its course. Good tension, decent acting and not entirely foreseeable every step of the way.
Kind of a perfect movie
THIS WAS BY SAM RAIMI. WOAH
Moral of the story is, money is evil. A departure from Sam Raimi's gory roots. A quiet film, aspiring to be Fargo-esque, with many stellar performances, including one by Billy Bob Thornton that is extraordinary. It's really slow, and unpredictable. That's kind of the charm to it. Although a scheme this convoluted could've benefited by adding a little more humor to the story. The Coen's would've had a field-day with this material.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's weird, I found this watch to be a little unpleasant because I just knew exactly where it was going and I was dreading it because I liked the characters so much. I sometimes have a hard time with movies like this where it's basically just watching the downfall of incompetent newbie criminals. I adore Fargo, but the characters who get fucked in that movie are in general less sympathetic than a Simple Plan (poor Billy Bob...). I felt the same way about Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave.
This movie is told briskly and impressively by Sam Raimi and the three performances are fantastic. I enjoyed Billy Bob Thornton the most.
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.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…