A Simple Plan Reviews
I appreciate the simplicity of the storyline and thank the director for making something comprehensible for me, but I wish I were a grateful..... But I'm sure that my rating or writing doesn't make no difference to him. Or to anyone for that matter except myself.
Hank Mitchell: You work for the American Dream. You don't steal it.
Lou Chambers: Then this is even better.
A wonderful drama/thriller from director Sam Raimi, with some great performances, particularly from Billy Bob Thorton. Raimi, who has made a name for himself namely from his two trilogies, Evil Dead and Spider Man, has made his most mature film here, dialing down his usual manic visual style. There is a lot of dark material here, but the story is so good, and comes together so well throughout.
Bill Paxton stars as Hank, a small-time accountant, working in a small snowy forest town. He has a pregnant wife, played by Bridget Fonda, and is general well settled in his life.
One day, Hank, his slow witted brother Jacob, played by Thorton, and another friend, Lou, stumble across a crashed airplane that contains a dead pilot and four million dollars cash. The three decide to keep the money, but on the condition that Hank stashes it, waiting essentially for the coast to be clear.
This leads to a number of quarrels between the characters, some heinous acts to keep the secret, and reveals of where this money really came from.
All the performers are very strong. Paxton is wonderful in going against the niceties of his character, turning towards the greed that corrupts. Thorton is wonderful at both embracing this simple plan that has gotten out of hand and revealing the depth of a character who seems much different on the outside. Fonda also proves to be darker than one would think, when dealing with how to keep this money.
Sarah Mitchell: Nobody'd ever believe that you'd be capable of doing what you've done.
This movie is wonderfully well made, taking a similar approach to a film like Fargo, minus much of the dark humor, to show a snow-blanketed town in which plots of murder surrounding money ensue.
Jacob Mitchell: I wish somebody else had found that money.
All the snow is reminiscent of Fargo.