The American Dream. In a gym bag. That's how three men (Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Brent Briscoe) size up what they've found in the snowy Minnesota woods. They've come across a downed plane with a rotting corpse inside... and over $4 million stuffed inside a duffel bag. Finders, keepers? Maybe, but first they'll need a foolproof plan. So they and the wife (Bridget Fonda) of one of the men start out with a scheme that's perfect in its simplicity... and lethal in its miscalculation of the human heart. Mistrust, murder, intrigue all are soon at work in this stark, twist-filled thriller. Directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, The Evil Dead), A Simple Plan is a ''quietly devastating thriller'' (New York Times) for which Billy Bob Thornton was Oscar nominated.
This is the story of three men who find a plane load of money and decide to keep the cash. A simple plan you might think but of course it's not and things start to go wrong...
Sam Raimi's movie is dark. Did I say dark? I'm sorry I meant very DARK. Bleak even. It's kind of like It's a Wonderful Life but in reverse. However if you like dark movies and love Billy Bob Thornton, you'll love this. If you don't, then don't watch this movie, spend your hard earned cash on something else. This is a great movie, with great performances from all concerned, it just wont be for everyone...
Don't know why it's not available on DVD in the UK though!!!
I like the Coen Bros and thought Fargo was superb but Sam Remy's, A Simple Plan, goes beyond it and really gets under your skin, aided by an unforgettable score, you start to think how easily things can go wrong.
The snow scenery adds to the sense of helplessness, both in the private lives of the characters and the plan itself in that it represents a metaphor of endlessness.
BB Thornton turns in another mesmeric performance and the often typecast Paxton does his bit well too. This is a film that benefits from being watched alone as it allows the viewer a deeper sense of involvement with the plot and subplots. In many ways I am glad that ASP was not a huge cult success and if you have stumbled upon it by chance then you are very fortunate, as I was.
DON'T tell all your friends about it. PLEASE...
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