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.
The script could use some revisions. Even for simple-minded people, there's some atrociously stupid decisions being made, ultimately hindering the viewing experience. The true star of A Simple Plan really is Sam Raimi, whose superb direction completely reinvigorates the narrative. The suspense he manages to built with what he was given is noteworthy.
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.
Raimi's best film. In the same line of "Fargo" not only in its snowy setting, but in the way it moves from a mundane and strange darkly comical feel to end up as an incredibly violent and menacing study of greed. Destiny never ceases to collect victims.
Esta se trata, seguramente, de la cinta màs reposada y madura de la carrera de Sam Raimi. Partiendo de una anecdota creible y muy inteligente, esta pelicula guarda muchos puntos en comun con el cine de los hermanos Coen (super parnas del director y quienes, por cierto, en ningun momento metieron mano en esta cinta durante su producciòn). Esta fue su antepenultima cinta antes de acometer la franquicia de Spiderman.
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.