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Joel Coen United States, 1984

Thomas's rating of the film Blood Simple

Tight, taught debut from the Coens. The importance of a solid, well realised script is illustrated by the fact that the action, contained within the claustrophobic confines of seedy small town locations, actually becomes an accessory to the story itself. The plot's strength is what drives the whole film along, no mean feat given the many twists, turns and double crosses throughout. Super tense. Has aged well.