A SIMPLE PLAN (1998)
A film by Sam Raimi
Cast: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda
Two brothers and a friend find $4 million in the cockpit of a downed plane. They found the pilot dead with a bag of 4 million dollars to keep it they have to wait, it is that simple or is it? Simply one of the best films of the year, perhaps the decade! The film is directed by Sam Raimi, the creator of the Evil Dead movies and there are some suitably macabre and funny Evil Dead touches to this masterpiece, although Raimi doesn’t botch A Simple Plan up as he did with Sharon Stone’s The Quick And The Dead a couple of years ago. This is a restrained, delicate Raimi.he characters are fascinating. Paxton as Hank is the brainy one of the three. He’s been to college and has a wife (Bridget Fonda) who’s just about to have a baby. Jacob is slow and sad with a big touch of goodness about him. His hair is lank, his teeth are dirty, he’s in his thirties and has never had a girlfriend. But things take increasingly violent turns until A Simple Plan has the air of a Shakespearian tragedy solidly biased by Hitchcockian twists. Add to this Raimi’s weird sense of humor and a Coen Brothers, Fargo like frozen air and you have a superb film that will have you laughing uncomfortably as you ponder the extent to which men and women will go nuts and nasty when greed overcomes them.