A Simple Plan ★★★★

I remember really liking this one, based on a novel by Scott Smith, back in the day and I have to say it still holds up. It's a bit Coens-esque but stripped of the black humor often associated with the directing brothers. Sam Raimi eschews his usual camera tricks for a straight up suspense thriller with some solid acting all around especially from Billy Bob Thornton and Bridget Fonda. Bill Paxton's role isn't quite as chewy as theirs, he's the "moral" center of the film, but he's definitely up to the challenge. There's a lot of twists and turns and a big ol' middle finger of an ending that's probably as frustrating for the viewer as it for the few surviving characters. But it's a good frustration and a testament to how well the story is developed.

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