Positive surprise. This is a crime-thriller with dramatic elements. "A Simple Plan" impressively features the erosion of human beings when it comes to money, greed & egoism. And that nothing is as it looks like. Billy Paxton & Bridget Fonda are colorless (clear miscast); Billy Bob Thornton & Brent Briscoe are doing great. Interesting story with misleading, unpredicted twists & turns.
The two brothers are polar opposites : their difference of intelligence level, economical background, lifestyle and ambitions puts the Simple Plan in danger. The consequences of their acts leads to so many complications that leads the plot way further than its starting premise and makes the film a very interesting and very human thriller. The sort of movie anybody can relate.
A simple plan, a simple plot, utterly suspenseful. It's a slow burner which cranks up the tension admirably, in the bleak surroundings of small town America. Greed, righteousness, jealousy, guilt and nobility all play a part in making this simple narrative intricate, morally ambiguous and wholly substantial.
Grandioso.Una trama da noir semplice,con pochi personaggi che ruotano intorno alla vicenda,diventa super-coinvolgente proprio perchè mostra come i suddetti cambino radicalmente di fronte alla possibile ricchezza.La moglie è forse l esempio più terrificante.Le carrellate tra neve e corvi sono magnifiche,così come i numerosi campi e controcampi finali.Montaggio e fotografia notevoli suggellano un Raimi d'annata.4*
None of the secrets that are revealed in Sam Raimi's film are huge shockers that change the course of the plot. Instead, the secrets reveal a deep unhappiness and depression. The pile of money that has stacked up plenty of bodies by the end isn't completely fruitless, because it has put the lives of the characters into perspective.
Footprints of Stephen King's novels and Coen Brother's films can be found in the snow of this morality tale as three ol' buddies stumbles upon a pandora's box of ransom money in the woods. I appreciated how black crows circles Bill Paxton's greed, and there is more than all that money can buy at stake. Yet I think director Sam Raimi should've caught the fox the very last time he fed from the hen house.