A Simple Plan ★★★★

A group of three small-town Americans discover a crashed plane loaded with $4 million that they decide to divide between them. The money soon proves to be more trouble than its worth as it leads to betrayal, jealousy, the unveiling of family secrets, and eventually murder.

Directed by Sam Raimi, A Simple Plan is easily one of his most overlooked films and, from a retrospective point of view, it is also one of his least characteristic. Nevertheless, it is undoubtedly one of his best efforts and is a brilliant exploration into good people's capability of committing unspeakably evil acts.

The film maintains a level of suspense that often reaches unendurable levels as the authorities begin to close. The tension is bolstered by the film’s strong sense of homely reality courtesy of the sympathetic relationship between Hank (Bill Paxton) and his simpleton brother (Billy Bob Thornton) that keeps you empathetically hooked right up until the film’s emotionally shattering denouement.

Danny Elfman’s uncharacteristically spare score adds to the film’s cold visuals and injects an element of creepiness to the proceedings. Raimi should most definitely return to this sort of filmmaking in the future as he has displayed a proficient skill in making tense and serious thrillers here.

P.S. What ever happened to Bridget Fonda?

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