A Simple Plan (1998)

A Simple Plan (1998)

Director: Sam Raimi

Writer: Scott B. Smith, based on his novel

Stars: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda, Brent Briscoe, Jack Walsh, Chelcie Ross, Becky Ann Baker, Gary Cole

Three average guys (Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, and Brent Briscoe) discover a crashed plane with more than $4 million dollars on board. 

Suspecting that it is drug money, they decide to wait until spring and then divide it up if the authorities have not come looking for it. 

The consequences of that decision will cost them far more than they can imagine.

This terrific film blends a suspenseful story with a perceptive study of unfulfilled people who suddenly see a path out of their lives of uncertainty and insecurity. 

It provides a glimpse of the evil deeds that can be performed by otherwise good people out of simple desperation. 

Every performance is solid, but Thornton really shines here in a role that resembles a less extreme version of his character in Sling Blade.


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