A Simple Plan Reviews
2 brothers Hank and Jacob along with their buddy lou discover in the woods a boat load of cash left in a broken down airplane. One would think they would go on to live good with the amount of cash they have but they soon find out its marked, doesn't belong to them and that law enforcement is on the hunt for it. Hank the smart one of the group is paranoid but tries to stay ahead of the danger that lies Jacob a socially awkward man provides some complications in this matter and lou is a bit distrustful. All of this causes massive hysteria and problems for everyone involved.
With this film sam raimi takes an interesting direction with telling the story. he sets up everything and directs all the aspects in a way where we are almost watching a horror/thriller but in actuality it's a crime drama. The tension, camera shots and imagery are all used in horror like fashion so its really fascinating to see where he takes the film as you watch it. its overall brilliant. My guess is that raimi wanted to tell this story in a way where one can imagine how scary it is to keep a secret like this one when there are serious consequences that can happen if it is revealed. And also probably to show what money can sometimes do to people. the music adds to the direction and story so well. it makes everything very tense and suspenseful. Fantastic work from Danny Elfman.
billy bob thornton once again tackles a socially challenged character with pure excellence. he reminds me a bit of Jennifer lawrence's Roslyn irvingfield a character whom could potentionally ruin the whole plan that is taking place. bill Paxton was great. He is both the smartest guy in the film but also the most paranoid. he takes you on a real roller coaster ride emotionally with Hank. Even bridget fonda did a nice job here an improvement from her Jackie brown role from the year before.
The writing is so rich and well adapted. fantastically structured plot that was so straight forward. decent cinematography as well from this film.
2 thumbs up from me! I enjoyed this thoroughly and you will too
A Simple Plan was not strange due to the type of film but the choices that we're made in the story. Bill Paxton's character is going to be pretty easy to figure out. He's easily relatable and the choices he makes were often times the same that I would have chosen. That's not to say they were right but in certain situations you've gotta do what you've gotta do. The same goes for Billy Bob Thornton's character. I was completely wrong about what kind of person he would turn out to be. His character was probably the most interesting among a cast of outlandish individuals. There was one particular person in this film that will go unnamed in this review as it would spoil the surprise but wow.. did they ever become something else. If you're not paying attention you could easily miss who is truly good, and who you should watch out for.
This film was entirely about suspicion, deceit, morality and audience participation. By that I mean this film is not one that you passively watch and then forget about. You will choose along with the characters what is right and what is wrong and it may inspire debate if you're watching it with other people. I loved that about this movie as it shows how strong the writing and performances were. That's not to say the story was perfect however. There were several points in the film where the story was progressed through pure stupidity. There were several shortcuts taken in the form of obvious bad decision making and it really showed at points. Those were the only moments where I wasn't enjoying the film. For the rest of it, once you get past the odd opening and you embrace the late 90's Lifetime movie vibe, you'll likely have a very good time with this film. A Simple Plan is not the masterpiece that Reddit thread suggested it would be, but it is still an excellent drama with plenty of genuine thrills along the way.