A Simple Plan
When illustrated as the background
does snow make the environment ina movie seem more conspicuous, if mixed with money and
murder it can. There is also a proof, watch the Coen's masterpiece "Fargo" and
Sam Raimi's great achievement "A Simple Plan," then you will understand the
meaning of a thriller. the characters portrayed in this movie can be anyone from a
neighbor to yourself, that is the point, to prove that the average Joe can commit such
heinous crimes, the logo "even good people do evil things" speaks for itself.
The actors play their characters with such integrity and empathy that you can't help but
reason with them and say "well I would've done that too," I couldn't believe
that I was actually sympathizing with Billy Bob Thorton's character, but that's what makes
this movie amazing. A Simple Plan teaches the most moral tale ever depicted on screen, it
reaches beyond would you take 4 million dollars if you found it inside a wrecked plane.
The movie starts out showing the
factory of a chicken farm, that is where the work of Hank (Bill Paxton) takes place, he is
thelucky guy who has a loving wife, a good paying job, and neighbors that respect him.
What more can you ask for, except for a few millions. He goes home to reveal his pregnant
wife Sarah (Bridget Fonda) whom greets him with a warm smile as any content wife would.
This so fat is ordinary. Hank takes a shower and is picked up by his slow minded older
brother Jacob (Billy Bob Thorton, who has his best role in his career), and a wild friend
Lou (Brent Briscoe), their destination is to pay a visit to their father's grave. When
they are done the plot slides in and Jacob's dog Mary - Beth has jumped out of his truck
and into the woods, as they search for her a disabled plane appears before their eyes.
They raid the plane only to find a sachet filled with 4.4 million dollars. In the
beginning Hank is unsure and resistant unlike his two companions who think that this is
better then the American dream. The plan is to sit on the money till spring, if no one
claims it they divide it between them, if it were only so simple, predicaments so scary
arise in the process that wrench your guts to liquid. Such grotesque and disturbing images
put you right in the middle of the movie, but these scenes I cannot reveal for the are the
foundation of the film.
The actors are so perfect in their
roles, especially Thorton's Jacob who deserves at least an Oscar nomination, he is a
person who was deprived of girls and recognition, a tortured soul that gets by on merely
Lou and Hank. In a scene where him and Hank are in the car talking, reminiscing about
girls that dated Jacob in high school, Hank finally remembers one that actually went out
with him, Jacob reveals that the girl was engaged in a bet that she can't go out with him
for more then six weeks. This is an actor then can put you to tears, and he does, in that
final scene in the forest.
I can safely say that this is one of
the best films of 1998 for many reasons, like it had wits and rose good points, I hold
Fargo to be a superior film but this one is pretty damn close. It is relentless in letting
you off the ride of crime and decisions that determine how the rest of your life will be.
A truly great film.