A Simple Plan (1998)
The Mitchell brothers stumble across a downed airplane that contains millions of dollars. They plot to keep the money- but greed causes distrust amongst them.
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Critic Reviews for A Simple Plan
A Simple Plan is lean, elegant, and emotionally complex - a marvel of backwoods classicism.
Perfect capers gone horribly, inexorably awry have always kept audiences squirming. But just when we think we've seen it all, Raimi offers a few new wrinkles.
Raimi takes the old story about dishonour among thieves and renders it fresh through the calm, cool, steady assurance of the telling.
As straightforward in narrative as it is gut-wrenching in effect, A Simple Plan is a sort of slow-motion skid down an icy blacktop- it's a movie you watch with a mounting sense of dread.
[Raimi] austerely rejects hyped-up camera tricks and jokey shock effects and creates living, complex characters whose fates we care about. The result is easily his finest film to date.
It's been done before, and Raimi doesn't do it much differently or put his own stamp on it.
A pre-Spiderman Sam Raimi delivers a stunningly powerful film about the consequences of greed.
Tenso e trágico.
What would you do for 4 million dollars? How far would you go to get it? Sam Raimi's brilliant, chilling A Simple Plan tells the story of 4 people that went much too far.
Overeager to pile so many possible, psych-lite motivations that nothing holds water or compels us very much... Terribly self-serious.
A smart, scary, suspenseful and heartbreaking morality tale about ordinary people destroyed not by demons but their own desires.
"A Simple Plan" clutters up the story with unnecessary acts of violence and murder, and mainly stays on the surface, offering little more than cheap jolts of melodrama.
As each character that we meet systematically gets killed, you care less and less about any of these people surviving.
It prevails over predictability because of its canny subtlety, depth of character, and literate intelligence -- qualities hardly to be expected from the director of The Evil Dead and Darkman.
I think director Raimi wanted this film to be another Fargo, and instead it was more like the first Evil Dead - all Billy Bob's charisma and nought else.
Unravels sadly in its second half, most of what transpires being utterly predictable, and what is not predictable, simply unbelievable.
This is a strong, gut-wrenching, suspenseful film, one of the top ten of 1998.
Audience Reviews for A Simple Plan
Powerful and intense, Sam Raimi's drama is a forgotten gem in the director's career. Boasting a strong script and very human characters from Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thorton and Bridget Fonda, there is very little reason for why this shouldn't be missed.More
A Simple Plan is a good story and is filmed nicely. Unfortunately though, the acting isn't very good. Bill Paxton can't act. Billy Bob Thornton's character was far too close to his character in Sling Blade. Everyone else felt like they belonged in a Coen Brother's movie, maybe the far superior Fargo, made a couple of years before. A Simple Plan was too late, it could have been a 80's classic but unfortunately it was undone by much better films of the early 90's. It's also woefully predictable.More
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.More
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